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Compact Japanese city ensures convenience for all

Reversing the trend of a declining population is a challenge for cities all over the world. Japan's Toyama is creating an environment that addresses the issue.

TOYAMA CITY (Japan) • Unlike many women in Japan who face a stark choice between motherhood and the workforce, Mrs Sanae Nakamura, 33, can enjoy the best of both worlds. She is looking forward to returning to work full-time as a swimming instructor next year when her younger daughter enrols in kindergarten.

The mother of two girls - Yutsuki, four, and Satsuki, two - is a native of Kanagawa prefecture in the Greater Tokyo region, but moved to Toyama City in central Japan six years ago when her husband relocated for work.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 01, 2018, with the headline 'Compact Japanese city ensures convenience for all'. Print Edition | Subscribe