Life abroad as a parent can be tough, and there are moments when you just want someone to take the pain away...now. It can be especially difficult when those moments sneak up on you, and you don’t have nearby friends or family who can keep an eye on the youngsters. While you take care of business or recover from an illness or recent childbirth, wouldn't it be nice to have a helping hand? Sure, there are daycare programs and preschools; but those options aren't always convenient or suitable, often requiring advance registration procedures. Luckily with some relatively recent developments, parents in Japan can choose from a number of babysitter options to help alleviate the stress of finding someone trustworthy to take care of the kiddies in those busy times.