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Employers rise to Tokyo's day care challenge

Nippon Life, Nichii Gakkan plan to open 100 nurseries in Japan by spring 2018

Children at a Tokyo day care.

TOKYO -- Nippon Life Insurance will team up with nursing and child care provider Nichii Gakkan to open around 100 day care facilities in Japan by the spring of 2018, signing on to the government's efforts to have private companies assist children stuck waiting for slots at public centers.

The companies aim to open 31 facilities by early April and add another 17 by the beginning of July, creating room for around 850 children. By spring next year, they expect to have 100 or so centers with room for about 1,800 children. Locations will include major cities across the country, such as Tokyo, Sapporo, Nagoya, Kyoto, Osaka and Fukuoka.

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