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Rakuten steps up company-sponsored child care

Bigger day care center to support more working parents

TOKYO -- Rakuten has more than doubled the capacity of its child care center, in the latest of the internet service provider's efforts to better support working parents.

The "Golden Kids" center near the company's headquarters in Tokyo's Setagaya ward is now capable of looking after 50 children, 150% more than before. The center also offers programs in English, in consideration of many foreign employees who may have difficulty finding suitable care elsewhere.

Last September, Rakuten created in-office "mother's rooms" where nursing mothers can produce breast milk and store it in a refrigerator.

Many information-technology companies abroad offer similar facilities, according to Rakuten. The company will consider further expansion based on the staff's requests.

(Nikkei)

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