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1 Million Yen for a Baby

Saturday, March 12, 2005 Posted: 09:29 PM JST

"How about getting paid 1 million yen for having a baby? To combat a shrinking population, a small town in northern Japan has decided to give a cash award worth about $9,600 to each female resident who has a third child," writes the Associated Press today.

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