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Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Monday expressed his willingness to set up a new agency to spearhead policies on children, in response to a proposal by ruling party lawmakers last week aiming to woo voters ahead of a general election.

The Liberal Democratic Party lawmakers have called for creation of an agency to coordinate policies relating to child medical and educational services and those handled by police, as part of the country’s efforts to address its persistently low birthrate.

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