22 Dec '11, 12pm

Japan lends a hand to stressed-out mothers

Japan lends a hand to stressed-out mothers

TOKYO: Japan is concerned about its falling birthrate. Those above 65 years of age now make up 23 per cent of the population - a significantly larger ratio than those in the age bracket below 15. One of the reasons for this is the lack of help with child rearing. To help women, a facility in Tokyo serves as an alternative to day care centres. Founded in 2004, it is a facility for parents and children supported by membership and sponsorship fees. And many mothers said coming here helps alleviate the stress of childcare. Yoriko Shimizu is one such mother. She had a 17-year career as a banker, but left the job to give birth to her daughter. Taking care of her was a fruitful, but taxing experience. "What's good about this place is that parents and children can play together. There are many staff here. When I want to step out for a moment, they help keep an eye on her. It helps...

Full article: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/southeastasia/view...

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