Survey results indicate that 80% of Japanese men now desire a wife who is prepared to work rather than just sit at home all day, which is in stark contrast to the majority of Japanese women who still expect the man to have a much higher income than them.
Some men even express a willingness to take on the role of stay-at-home husband, if their wife earns more…
The online survey covered 1135 unmarried men, of whom 78% expressed an intent to marry.
These men seemed keen that the women work: 40% wanted their spouse to work full-time, versus only 20% who sought a full-time housewife. The results from 10 years prior had only 27% wanting a working wife.
Including dispatch and part-time work, 79% wanted their prospective wife to earn her keep.
However, women can take solace in the fact that whilst they may be expected to do more than watch TV all day, some 70% accept an equal division of household chores, which seems roughly in line with the proportion of men expecting women to work.
Women for their part apparently demand men with exceedingly high salaries, which rather suggests they would prefer the man still do all the work.
Most surprisingly of all, 60% of men in their twenties and 70% of men in their thirties agreed that “if the wife’s income is greater they wouldn’t mind staying at home as a house-husband”, which some are taking as evidence of the extent of their “feminisation” (though of course it is not hard to see why people of either gender would agree to let someone else do all the work).
The final result is perhaps a given in a westernised society: 95% of men listed “love” as a crucial aspect of selecting a wife, indicating perhaps that Japanese women need not give up hope just yet, if only they are sufficiently persuasive, though of course given that the vast majority seem to have a man’s income in mind when marrying it seems the gap between the marriage expectations of the two genders may be irreconcilably large…