Hindi language handbook supports child raising by Indian nationals who bolster horse raising area

The Hindi language Maternal and Child Health Handbook produced independently by Urakawa

The town of Urakawa in Central Hokkaido’s Hidaka region stretching alongside the Pacific Ocean has recognized an increase in Indian national workers in the Urakawa light horse industry, and has issued a Hindi language version of the Maternal and Child Health Handbook. Because Indian national workers sometimes bring wives with them into Japan or have their wives come to Japan after they enter, the town produced Hindi language materials that organize child raising procedures.

Maternal and Child Health Handbook is a booklet that records the condition of the mother and baby from pregnancy to birth, the development of the child after birth, and the history of vaccine administrations. In Japan, a Handbook is issued when a new parent notifies their local government of the pregnancy.

In recent years, Urakawa has experienced a sudden surge in Indian nationals working at light horse training ranches in Urakawa as horse riders training racing horses. The Indian national population in Urakawa at the end of 2015 was 13, but that rose to 190 by the end of 2019 and 209 by late March of this year. According to the local Urakawa town government, four Indian women issued pregnancy notifications to the town administration in 2019, and five Indian women have issued notifications in 2020.

The Hindi language Maternal and Child Handbook was made after receiving requests from Indian nationals. The content is almost exactly the same as the Japanese language version, and Japanese language text appears side-by-side with the Hindi text. The town government has produced 100 of the Hindi Handbooks at A5 size, and gives them to people who submit a pregnancy notification.


Urakawa Town