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Spotlight on lack of childcare places and workplace support

Jun 09, 2019 - The Straits Times (Singapore)

The number of births in Japan last year plunged to yet another new low, figures released on Friday have shown, signalling the grave social obstacles that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will need to surmount to reverse the demographic trend.

Just 918,397 babies were born last year, the Health, Labour and Welfare Ministry announced, in what was the third straight year that the number of newborns fell below the one million psychological barrier.

Total births dropped by 27,668 - or 2.9 per ...