Minato Ward in Tokyo has announced plans to make childcare at licensed nurseries and kindergartens free for the second child of families in the area by next fiscal year.
It is the first ever such program adopted by any of the 23 wards of Tokyo.
The program specifically targets all children living within the Minato Ward area, and will provide free childcare for families' second child at both ward-established and private nurseries and kindergartens until the child's third year of elementary school, NTV reported.
One exception is that children living within the ward but who are sent to institutions outside the ward, will not be able to take advantage of the program.
Ward officials said their hope is to assist in making the raising of children easier for parents who decide to have more than one child.
For high-income families, the ward also announced that the cost for childcare would be increase by approximately 1.3 times in an attempt to offset providing other less-fortunate families with free childcare.
The reform bill proposal is expected to be submitted to the local assembly sometime next week and should it be accepted, the new program would commence by the end of next year.© Japan Today