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A nursing home in southern Japan is “hiring” babies for a very important job—to keep its elderly residents company and make them smile. The salary? Nappies and milk formula.

New recruits at the facility in Kitakyushu must be under four years old, and their guardians have to sign a contract stipulating that the babies and toddlers can show up for work “whenever they feel like it.”

They are allowed to take a break “when they feel hungry, sleepy or depending on their mood,” the contract says.

More than 30 babies have been signed up so far, tasked with lifting the spirits of more than 100 residents who are mostly in their 80s, said Kimie Gondo, head of the nursing home. (AFP) 

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