Japanese government adopts plan to strengthen policies for children

The Japanese government has adopted an action plan aimed at strengthening its child-related policies. It includes measures to tackle the country's declining birthrate and child poverty.

The government adopted the plan at a meeting on Friday. The plan sets out ways to implement child-related policies over the next five years. The plan promotes about 400 measures that aim to provide comprehensive support from childhood until adulthood.

The government hopes to reverse the declining birthrate by providing financial assistance. It wants to increase the childrearing allowance, reduce the burdensome cost of a post-secondary education, and take other measures.

The plan calls for measures aimed at dealing with child poverty and child suicide. It also includes assistance for children who care for family members. Such children are known as "young carers."

During the meeting, Prime Minister Kishida Fumio said he wants the plan to be implemented steadily, while its effectiveness is studied. He also said he wants officials to listen to the opinions of children and young people.