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December 13, 2008

Japan is in first place in a survey of child development

A Save the Children report shows that Japan leads the world for children's health, nutrition and education. A representative of Save the Children said 'The (child development) index shows that Japan is leading the world in caring for its children.' However, she went on to say that 'Rich countries like Japan must provide aid and assistance to poorer countries to improve the lives of the world's most vulnerable children. Over 9 million children under 5 die every year from preventable causes.'

The index examined the period from 2000 to 2006. Britain was in 8th place and the U.S. was 23rd. Some countries showed great improvement, especially China, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Ethiopia and Malawi.

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