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Empowering Women ~For Further Advancement~ LIAJ selected facilities to provide subsidies as "Project to Support Working Parents with Small Children"

7 January, 2015

 

The Life Insurance Association of Japan, LIAJ (Chairman: Koichiro Watanabe, President of The Dai-ichi Life Insurance Company) would like to announce that the LIAJ decided to provide subsidies totaling 30 million yen to 99 facilities of day nurseries/clubs for after-school activities for children as the "Project to Support Working Parents with Small Children" this year.

This project is a pillar of the initiative of "Empowering Women ~For Further Advancement~ Promoting Active Participation by Women", which was previously announced on September 19, 2014. Under the project, the LIAJ subsidizes specific projects to increase the capacity as well as projects to improve the quality of day nurseries/clubs for after-school activities for children, with the aim of contributing to elimination of childcare waiting lists.

The application for the subsidy was open from September 19 to October 31, 2014, and the LIAJ received 322 applications from 39 prefectures in total. Considering that there were applications from such wide range of areas, it is quite apparent that various proactive efforts toward elimination of childcare waiting lists are being made not only in certain large urban areas but all over the country.

At the same time, this project got a great response from various local governments and entities, and we recognized their high expectations for our project which offers subsidies to the area where the government subsidy system is insufficient. The subsidies to be provided under this project will contribute to the increase of the facility's capacity to allow acceptance of 104 children as well as the improvement of the quality of 94 facilities in total. We believe that this project supports improvement of the environment for women to well manage to work and raise children at the same time.

The LIAJ plans to hold a presentation ceremony for the facilities selected for the subsidy in various regions, such as on January 28 in Tokyo, and on February 8 in Osaka.