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Japan's labour woes begin before birth as nursery teachers flee

A survey of 31,550 nursery workers conducted by the Tokyo metropolitan government between 2008 and 2013 showed one-in-five was considering quitting, citing low pay as the top reason.


AFTER 6 1/2 years as a nursery school teacher, Saki Sasamoto had had enough. Her pay barely covered necessities and the stress of the job made her quit without even thinking what she would do next. "I couldn't stand it," she said. "It was absolutely draining."

Ms Sasamoto