A 6-month-old baby wears a giant panda costume at a zoo in Tokyo. The nursing home in Kitakyushu has signed up more than 30 babies so far. Photo: Reuters
A 6-month-old baby wears a giant panda costume at a zoo in Tokyo. The nursing home in Kitakyushu has signed up more than 30 babies so far. Photo: Reuters
Japan

Japan rest home ‘hires’ babies to cheer up the elderly: ‘the mere sight of them makes our residents smile’

  • The facility in Kitakyushu has signed up dozens of babies to lift the spirits of its more than 100 residents, who are mostly in their 80s
  • Candidates must be under four years old and are accompanied by their guardians at all times. They get paid in diapers and powdered milk

A 6-month-old baby wears a giant panda costume at a zoo in Tokyo. The nursing home in Kitakyushu has signed up more than 30 babies so far. Photo: Reuters
A 6-month-old baby wears a giant panda costume at a zoo in Tokyo. The nursing home in Kitakyushu has signed up more than 30 babies so far. Photo: Reuters
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