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The legislator, Yuka Ogata, said that the Kumamoto municipal assembly does not offer daycare, and so she had no choice but to bring her child along to a session. Still, officials insisted that she was violating the rules, as visitors and observers are forbidden from the floor. After 40 minutes of debate, Ogata was able to find emergency childcare and the session continued. "I wanted the assembly to be a place where women who are raising children can also do a great job," said Ogata, who was attending her first session since giving birth seven months ago. She stressed the difficulty for women to juggle careers and raise children in Japan.