We have touched upon this topic before that working moms find it increasingly difficult to find daycares for their children. It is easier to find one for their pets though! Seeing this as a major reason why the Navy is losing staff to maternity obligations, the Japanese Navy has opened a nursery facility for the toddlers.
The Yokosuka naval base’s nursery will allow Navy-moms to drop off their children in daycare/nursery and carry on with their work-duties without the guilt. This nursery is one of the four childcare centers that are open 24 hours a day, throughout the year. According to Welfare Officer Hajime Shinzawa, this initiative to retain more women in Japan’s Maritime Self Defense Force is working out well.
According to the stats available with the Navy, many women give up their service in the Navy due to family obligations. However provisions for a nursery is making them rethink their duties and are opting to stay back. The Japanese government stats say that there are currently around 25,000 children under the age of three awaiting a place in childcare so that mothers can get back to work.
[Via Big Pond News]