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Aging Japan opens Children and Families Agency: 5 things to know

New organization aims to create a youth-friendly society as births fall

An elementary school's yard in Tokyo: Japan has tasked a new agency with creating a "children-centric" society.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- As most Japanese companies and schools kick off a new fiscal year in April, the government has launched a new agency tasked with overseeing policies related to children and reversing the country's declining births.

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida spoke at a launch event for the agency in Tokyo on Monday, saying, "I hope that the Children and Families Agency will lead the creation of a society friendly to children and child-rearing."

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