A third of Japan’s single ladies want to stay at home after wedding

6 years ago by in Japan

One in three Japanese single women aged between 15 and 39 want to be a full-time housewife, compared to one in five Japanese men who wish their spouses to stay at home after getting married, a survey by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare said on Tuesday.

More than 34 percent of the surveyed single women said “I do” to the question “Do you want to be a full-time housewife after getting married?”, according to the survey. Those who did not want or somewhat did not want to be a full-time housewife totaled 38.5 percent.

Single men seemed more reluctant to the idea of their wife staying at home after wedding, with 30.2 percent expressing negative views about the prospect of their spouses becoming a full-time housewife, while those with positive views came to 19.3 percent.

The survey was conducted over the Internet in late March by a private think tank commissioned by the ministry. Responses came from a total of 3,133 men and women including those who were already married, according to Kyodo news agency.

Women were also asked about the monthly take-home monthly pay they want their spouses to earn. The survey showed the largest 40.8 percent said between Y200,000 and Y300,000 followed by between Y300,000 and Y400,000. Around 4.2 percent said that “income does not matter”.