More than one in three working women in Japan would rather be housewives

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The study also found a surprising gap in the attractiveness of a housewife’s life depending on whether women have children or not.

The entry of women into the labor market after completing education has been the norm in Japan for a long time. Transitioning to life as a full-time housewife after marriage or childbirth, however, is still relatively more common in Japan than in many Western countries, and it’s not a lifestyle that lacks appeal for Japanese women, according to a recent study.

Sony Life Insurance Co. published data for the seventh year Women’s Lifestyle Awareness Surveywhich collected responses from 1,000 Japanese women aged 20 to 69. One of the questions asked to the 675 working participants was “Do you really want to be a housewife?” and more than a third answered “Yes”.

Do you really want to be a housewife?
● Women aged 20-29
Yes: 33%
No: 40.6 percent
● Women aged 30-39
Yes: 43.2%
No: 33.3 percent
● Women aged 40-49
Yes: 30.3 percent
No: 41.4 percent
● Women aged 50-59
Yes: 28.7%
No: 50 percent
● Women aged 60-69
Yes: 24.1%
No: 51.8 percent
● Total for all ages
Yes: 35.2%
No: 40.6 percent

You will notice that the number of “yes” answers increases with the age of the respondents. Whether it’s because the idea of ​​a housewife’s life has become less appealing as respondents have gained more life experience, or because older respondents are working longer hours and their working lives have become a stronger positive part of their identity, this survey question was not polled.

In addition to age, the survey also divided responses to this question by whether working women have children. While being able to spend more time with children may seem like a positive aspect of being a housewife, we found that childless women were more likely to want to leave the labor market.

Do you really want to be a housewife?
● Women with children
Yes: 30.6%
No: 40.6 percent
● Women without children
Yes: 35.2%
No: 40.6 percent

It is also worth noting that the study asked working women “Do you think working women have a lot of social disadvantage?” 67.0 percent said yesunlike fair 8.3 percent think they don’twhich would mean that among working women who would rather be housewives, for some of them perhaps not because being a housewife sounds so great, but simply because it sounds better than working.

Source: PR times by Peasant! News from Japan by Jin
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