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As a babysitter looking for work, Naoya Miyatake was rejected a number of times by parents uncomfortable with him undressing, bathing and changing diapers for their children.

Like in many other countries, a prejudice against male babysitters — and reservations about them dealing in a personal way with children — persist in Japan. Add to that the ingrained “men at work, women at home” mentality of a patriarchal society, and the notion that women can be more trusted with children than men has long pervaded the child care industry, making male sitters and nursery teachers something of a rarity.

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