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October 31, 2011, in response to a question from Representative Yuko Obuchi during the Plenary Session of the House of Representatives

"Measures to address the declining birthrate are a pressing matter of importance, in light of the arrival of a society whose decline in population is underway in earnest.  For that reason, we must stand by the principle of 'children first' and strengthen our support for the child-raising generation both nationally and regionally in order to enhance social security more fully during the first half of people's lives."

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A country that devotes attention to its children
October 14, 2011, during a visit to facilities providing child-rearing assistance
"Meiji-era Japan was viewed by other countries as a country in which parents doted greatly on their children.  Consequently, I consider it important for us to promote the principle of 'children first.'" 

Children's smiling faces also bring smiles to the faces of their mothers and fathers
October 14, 2011, during a visit to facilities providing child-rearing assistance
"I have been moved by children's smiling faces beyond the extent of this visit.  When children are smiling, their smiles spread to their mothers and fathers as well.  Thus, a society of 'children first' is a society that nurtures smiling faces in everyone."

Interactions between fathers and children are the starting point of education
October 14, 2011, during a visit to facilities providing child-rearing assistance
"There is a theory that the Japanese character used in the first half of the word 'education' kyouiku derives from first writing the character for 'father' and then the character for 'child' below it, and then the character for 'interact' alongside it to the right.  Interactions between fathers and children are the starting point of education."

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