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Japanese day care provider takes 'kids-first' approach to Singapore

Company also expands to China as birthrates remain ultralow at home

Japan's Kids Corp. hopes to make inroads into other Asian markers as the birthrate continues to fall at home. (Photo courtesy of Kids Corp.)

UTSUNOMIYA, Japan -- A Japanese day care center operator known for its progressive approach that centers on children is branching out to markets elsewhere in Asia, acquiring a preschool in Singapore and forming a business tie-up in China as birthrates remain ultralow in its home country.

Kids Corp. Holdings is turning Coco-Ro, a preschool located near Singapore's Orchard shopping district, into a wholly owned subsidiary next month by acquiring the target's entire stake from Meiko Network Japan for an undisclosed sum.

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