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How an Anonymous Blog Went Viral and Forced Japan's Abe to Respond

  • Anonymous blog post spurs parliament debate, parent protests
  • Abe pledges to offer remedies ahead of summer elections
Protesters seek an increase in the number of nursery schools in Tokyo on March 5.

Protesters seek an increase in the number of nursery schools in Tokyo on March 5.

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An anonymous Japanese blogger’s tirade about failing to secure a daycare place for her child has spurred Prime Minister Shinzo Abe into action.

In a Feb. 15 blog post titled "I couldn’t get daycare -- die Japan!!!" a person identifying as a mother said she was preparing to quit her job as she had nowhere to leave her child. "So what am I supposed to do now?" she wrote using unusually coarse language in the post shared about 50,000 times on social media. "Give me a damn break Japan."