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LDP launches discussions on children’s agency

  • April 13, 2021
  • , Jiji Press , 11:02 p.m.
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Tokyo, April 13 (Jiji Press)–Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party launched discussions Tuesday on a proposal for establishing a new government agency dedicated to affairs related to children.

 

The discussions started at an LDP task force set up to consider the matter. The party “should take the responsibility for children’s future,” LDP Secretary-General Toshihiro Nikai, who heads the task force, said.

 

The LDP aims to reflect the results of the discussions in the government’s basic economic and fiscal policy guidelines to be compiled as early as June.

 

The proposal for a children’s agency is expected to become a major campaign issue in the upcoming House of Representatives election as the main opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan Tuesday agreed to set up a working group to discuss it.

 

At a press conference on April 5, Nikai indicated that the LDP may include the children’s agency in its campaign pledges in the Lower House election that needs to be held by this autumn.

 

“Child care policies play well with voters,” a source close to Prime Minister and LDP President Yoshihide Suga said.

 

Currently, kindergartens and preschools are overseen by different government agencies, a factor that complicates child welfare policymaking.

 

The LDP will consider the issue of oversight as well as details of the children’s agency. It is considering making the agency responsible for a wide range of matters related to children, including infertility treatment, bullying and abuse.

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