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Seven-Eleven Japan to open nurseries for clerks

Seven-Eleven Japan Co. Ltd., a subsidiary of Seven & i Holdings Co. Ltd., plans to open nurseries in Tokyo and Hiroshima in fall 2017 for its clerks with small children, Nikkei Asian Review reported Aug. 10.

The move was prompted by the national shortage of labor and childcare services in Japan, according to the report.

The Tokyo nursery will be located in the Ota Ward and will accommodate 30 children, while the Hiroshima nursery will accommodate 19 children. The nurseries, meant for children from infancy to 2 years of age, will be located on the second floors of the existing 7-Eleven stores. The care centers will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays, the report said.

The Nikkei said the company's decision to open further nurseries will depend on the success of these two facilities.