Japan has resumed a coupon program that provides working parents with discounts for babysitting services due to high public demand.

The government had halted issuing the coupons earlier this month since they had hit its annual distribution quota of 390,000 tickets.

“As we continued to hear voices of concern from child-rearing families who use babysitters, we were able to coordinate with related parties and resume issuing the coupons from today,” children's agency minister Ayuko Kato said at a news conference Tuesday.