As securing childcare personnel has become an issue, the governors and deputy governors of four prefectures, including Saitama and Chiba prefectures, have called on the government to take measures to improve the treatment of childcare workers, such as reviewing the standards that affect the salaries of childcare workers, citing the outflow of human resources to neighboring large cities with high salary levels.

The governors and deputy governors of Saitama and Chiba prefectures, as well as Nara and Wakayama prefectures, submitted a request to the Children and Families Agency on the 13th.

In the case of the four prefectures, where the "official price" that affects the salaries of childcare workers such as licensed childcare centers is lower than that of municipalities in Tokyo and Osaka, the government is requesting that efforts be made to prevent a large difference in the treatment of childcare workers between neighboring municipalities, saying that human resources are flowing out to large cities with higher salary levels because they are lower than those of municipalities in Tokyo and Osaka.

In addition, if the "Childcare Attendance System," which allows parents to leave their children at daycare centers even if they are not working, is launched, it is expected that the demand for childcare will increase and it will become increasingly difficult to secure human resources.

Atsushi Horimitsu, Deputy Governor of Saitama Prefecture, said, "In Saitama Prefecture, there is a sense of crisis that it is not possible to secure human resources due to the large difference in official prices compared to the 4 wards of Tokyo.