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Maternity Mark

Post: Thursday December 2, 2010

Have you ever seen this mark?


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It says a “baby is inside tummy”


It’s called ‘Maternity Mark’, and was officially announced by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare in March, 2006, in an effort to help create a friendly environment for pregnant women.


It is difficult to recognize women in the early stages of pregnancy, especially here in Japan where maternity fashions that hide swollen tummies are very popular. It was created in response from comments by pregn ant women who desired to get ‘assistance at staircases’ and be “offered a seat on public transportion”. This mark also makes it easier to give assistance or your seat to women displaying this mark. One does not want to offend a young woman for misjudgment from her appearance alone.


This item can be obtained from your local ward office (kuyakusho) when reporting pregnancy to obtain a ‘Maternity and Child Health Handbook’.


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