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Not all Japanese towns are shrinking: 300 show how it's done

Young families benefit from train station day care centers and free diapers

Japanese cities that provide strong child care assistance have enjoyed better population growth despite the nationwide decline.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Though Japan's population continues to decline, about 300 growing communities nationwide have bucked the trend thanks in part to their investments in child care assistance for families.

Such communities offer a glimmer of hope to a shrinking Japan, which on Friday learned that it had dropped out of the world's top 10 countries by population.

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