Komeito-backed revised law promoting children’s care enacted

June 6 , 2024

Yamaguchi praised the latest childcare package on Jun. 5Yamaguchi praised the latest childcare package on Jun. 5

On June 5, revisions to a law to encourage people to have children and subsidize their care was formally enacted by the combined votes of the Liberal Democratic Party and Komeito, the two partners in Japan’s coalition government. The newly-revised law includes such child-rearing entitlements as prenatal support and higher child care subsidies as incentives to parents, as well as provisions to ease the burden on children who need to care for family members due to parental illness or financial distress. The latest package will be funded under the nation’s medical healthcare insurance program.

On the same day, Komeito Chief Representative Natsuo Yamaguchi hailed the revisions as a comprehensive tool in upgrading state childcare support and combating Japan’s trend of falling birthrate. He added that the party would seek measures to promote marriages, offer higher wages for young people and secure affordable housing.