The port of Yokohama teams up with one of Japan's major dairy firms to promote child welfare by selecting the 100 "Best Babies" from among the city's youngest citizens.
Views of the hall; the mothers with their babies; babies crawling on the floor, sitting on their mothers' laps or strapped to their mothers' backs; the mayor delivering a speech of congratulations; the mayor presenting the certificates.
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Background: The port of Yokohama teams up with one of Japan's major dairy firms to promote child welfare by selecting the 100 "Best Babies" from among the city's youngest citizens. The city government and the Kanagawa Prefectural Government, taking the lead from the Japanese Ministry of Health and Welfare, is striving to educate Japanese mothers to give their youngsters more milk in their diets, instead of the traditional, hot green tea. Milk still is sold in Japan primarily in half-pint bottles, plays only a small role in diet.
At the Kanagawa Social Welfare Hall, maintained by the government of the prefecture of which Yokohama is the capital, Yokohama Mayor Kazuo Asukada presents certificates to parents of 100 babies ranging in age form six to 18 months, while the young winners crawl industriously about the floor of the hall. Sixty-three boys and 37 girls are chosen as the port city's best babies from the standard of health--a ratio of contest winners destined to change drastically in the eyes of the same judges once the girls reach their teens.