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Japanese city offering public funds to freeze women's eggs

URAYASU, Japan (AP) -- A Tokyo suburb will help women cover the cost of freezing their eggs in a pilot program aimed at tackling the nation's declining birth rate.

    The Japanese city of Urayasu is allocating 90 million yen ($850,000) over three years to fund the research project conducted by Juntendo University Urayasu Hospital.

    The hospital hopes that preserving the eggs would encourage women to give birth when they are ready instead of giving up having children.

    Dr. Iwaho Kikuchi of the hospital said Thursday that using public funds to support this kind of study may be a first in the world.

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