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9. Record 70% of mothers working, survey shows

Japanese government data released on Friday shows that the percentage of working mothers nationwide hit a record high last year.

The health ministry's annual household survey revealed 70.8 percent of women with children aged under 18 were working last year. That' up 3.6 percentage points from 2016.

The survey found that mothers with older children tend to work more than those with younger children. More than 80 percent of mothers with children aged 12 or older had jobs last year. That compares to the 42 percent of mothers who worked while raising children aged under 1.

Those with full-time positions accounted for less than 30 percent of all mothers, regardless of the ages of their children.

Ministry officials say they will expand child care options for working mothers to help support their work-life balance.
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