The latest data on that most fraught of Japanese economic institutions, marriage, indicates a woman’s preferred salary for their husband is in the region of at least ¥6,000,000 annually, even though actual husbands generally earned as little as half that.
Firstly, women asked what the current income of their husband was reported modest salaries, the most common being:
3. Under ¥3,000,000
14% reported being happy with their husband’s income, as opposed to 30% reporting dissatisfaction. Some of their reasons ran as follows:
“My goal is for him to have an income sufficient for me to become a housewife. It’d be hard with what he has now.” (28-year-old wife with ¥3,000,000-4,000,000)
“If we have children we’d need even more!” (24-year-old wife with ¥4,000,000-5,000,000)
The next question was “Frankly, what is the salary you want from your ideal husband?”:
A variety of reasons were offered:
“I can only afford to eat out once a month, so if there was more I could eat better.”
“With ¥6,000,000 I could go on holiday once or twice a year!”
“We can get by on ¥3,000,000. I’m grateful to him for working hard for me!”
“Earn your own money you damn parasites!”
“If a man earns ¥5,000,000 annually and a woman ¥1,000,000, she will marry him.
But if a man earns ¥3,000,000 and a woman ¥3,000,000 as well, she won’t marry him.
This is why we should abolish equal pay for the sexes.”
“There’s probably only 5% of men of marriageable age with a ¥6,000,000 income.”
“My ideal bride has a ¥6,000,000 income.
But there aren’t many making that.
I wonder why? Damn women should give it some thought.”
“It’s amusing how their ideal income is gradually coming down. In 2007, it was 8,000,0000.”
“They’re just adjusting to the economic climate.”
“Damn whores should just marry an ATM.”
“If the sexes were equal women would need a ¥6,000,000 income to marry a guy who makes that much.”
“I made ¥5,000,000 at 25 and I still make ¥5,000,000 at 40, what am I supposed to do…”
“Japan’s real winners are the civil servants then…”
“I make ¥6,000,000 but she still turned me down. I want to die.”
“If you want that kind of money, please try earning it yourself. This is why so many men are marrying the partner in their hearts.”