Most Japanese Women Aspire to Be Housewives


Japanese government statistics show that half of all Japanese women aspire to live a life of leisure as full time housewives at their husband’s expense, with a dramatic increase in this aspiration evident amongst younger women.

The traditional notion that “the woman should stay at home and care for the children” is said to have been declining in popularity for many years, but surveys conducted by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare reveal the opposite trend appears to have taken hold of many women, especially those in their twenties.

In a national survey of some 13,000 participants conducted in 2008 and published recently, the attitudes of approximately 7,000 married women of all ages were analysed.

A total of 45% now agreed with the statement that “a husband should work outside, and a wife should devote herself to the home,” up from 41.1% in 2003. In 1993 the figure was 53.6%.

Most notable was the breakdown in ages – 47.9% of women under 29 now agreed with the notion that they should become housewives, an increase of 12.2% since the last time the survey was conducted.

Women in their thirties also agreed, up 7.6% to 41.7%, and those in their forties rose 6.6% to 39.8%. On the other hand, women in their fifties believing this dropped 2.5% to 42.3%, and those in their sixties dropped 4% to 57.2%.

The most favoured occupation amongst those surveyed was that of housewife, with 55.3%.

A charitable interpretation would be that Japanese women want increasingly to devote themselves to motherhood and the pleasures of raising a family.

Unfortunately for proponents of this view, a raft of statistics and ever lowering birth rates suggest an aversion to work and the leisure possibilities of home life less burdened than ever by domestic drudgery rather suggest an alternative interpretation.

Japanese men meanwhile seem less interested than ever in this uneven partnership – many would rather their wives work, others increasingly find their wages are too low to support a full-time housewife even had they a mind to, and a tiny but conspicuous minority even shun flesh and blood women in favour of the 2D alternative.

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    Comment by Ray
    23:21 01/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I can't help but laugh at people (probably women) who say that housework is srs bzns. Let's see, if I had a choice between doing housework or being fucked in the brain daily by some evil overlord boss in a capitalist world struck by worldwide recession, thanks I'll pick the housework.

    Also, many single working men do both so financing a "professional NEET" harpy to leech off of you like a parasite is bloody ridiculous. Ofcourse women suddenly don't want "equality" but rather "traditional roles". Working is a bitch innit? How about you work and I make you some sandwiches? I wouldn't mind that.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:57 02/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually, some men are doing that, but they ALSO usually have 'work-at-home' jobs and bring in some money.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:39 01/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'd make it? It's just a bloody sandwich, it's not like he's asking for a packed lunch six out of seven.

    Wait, are we talking Sub style here?

    Comment by GreasyWeeabooVirgin
    22:37 01/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Weird thing is, the concept of a housewife was considered normal. But recently, or at least with you losers, they're considered parasites and whatnot. Maybe some (or a lot) of males need to quit their bitching. What happen to the notion that hard work reaps great rewards? Wouldn't you work hard, or in your cases, make so much as an effort, to land yourself a keeper?

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:50 02/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    There's a difference between:

    Working hard and reaping the benefits,


    working hard and see the benefits disappear down a sinkhole which only grows wider(pun intended) as time goes on...

    Oh, and if you ever decide that you have had enough and wish to move to greener pastures without sinkholes, beware, for it will reach out and chomp off more than half your body before it allows you off...

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    Comment by Dia
    00:32 02/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Before I came to SanCom, I was sorry for those women being "forced" to stay home by the traditional society. I'm not sorry for them anymore.

    The differences between age groups seem to be showing a classic "greener grass" effect.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:16 02/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    These Japanese ladies are smart. I've been aspiring to be a housewife since kindergarten.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:56 02/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The main reason that most women aspire to be housewives is because housewives do very little outside of cleaning, taking care of the kids (which is mainly done by society when they are 4 or older, in pre-school and regular school), and sometimes making a meal for their husbands.

    We really need to get off this 'marriage' stuff to be blunt, because it is encouraging women to latch on to a man like their lives depend on it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:29 02/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Won't work unless she's addicted to your penis. At best, you can divorce her for half her stuff, but be socially ostracized for doing so because only women are allowed to do evil things.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:34 02/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    kill you are selfs linux nerds

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:23 02/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    the correct post would be

    kill -9 `pidof linux_nerds`

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:24 02/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Modern feminists will rationalize everything to be the men's fault, so it's not even worth bringing it up for lulz.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:24 02/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Feminism = a sovinism on behalf of female, towards male (equality is equal to equality regardles of gender as well as any other factor).

    However, as the "feminism" movement was at it's peak during the 50's, I believe that it is because of the experience those elderly women would prefer working a bit just to get to spend time with a person they are fond of instead of "living a wild houswife life". Not much of a reason to "date seriously" if you know that you won't be able to see the bitch later anyhows.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:35 01/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Housewives == Professional NEET

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:32 01/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's really good news. With a low natality and woman don't working, means that in a few years they will need a to nationalise foreigners to compensate the lack of a workers!! And the best thing is their own fault!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:17 01/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hmm Some people seem to bash a certain country, not thinking that some are not is always as you see them to be, bunch a nonsense they're talking about sometimes. Anyway, it does feel a little off, but it does feel some kind of tradition going on these days. Maybe it is. And it's a bit hard handling life a single income, having one parent doing all the work, in case someone loses a job and still can't find one. Well that part people can think twice about.

    If I have a moment to spare for something on this site. Its typical, some people on this site say s**t and I just ignore them considering they know s**t about a person's life, even an American. All I know is that people in this world can disrespect, dishonest, hurt, and do all that kinds of negativity that I don't want to be a part of. Now with that little rant out of the way I can say that this housewife thing may some comfortable, but can also be troublesome in some way if anyone could point that out on how it can be that way.

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    Comment by Ukonkivi
    19:55 01/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I swear these studies make me sick to my stomach.
    There are still a lot of cultural things that are interesting about Japanese women for dating just like a lot of nationalities.

    But I'm certainly not reminded of them when I'm at Sankaku.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:55 01/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's good news. That's how women should think.

    Thank god that "equality" bullshit is slowly starting to fade.

    Men and women were never equal and will never be, that's how nature works, the end.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:08 01/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    hah housewives huh? typical, women want equality and when they find out how tough it really is they bail, they are literally pussies.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:31 01/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ahem, Most Japanese Women Aspire to be "NEETs with husbands as a suitable lifetime parasite host"

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:04 01/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The more the technology develop to make the life easier, the more housewife-wanna-be appear.
    Since washing clothes now only 1 button away.
    Cooking rice only 1 button away.
    And many other new invention to make the life easier.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:52 01/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Great work japanese people!

    With these kinds of mentalities, the entire japanese population would be down to zero in the next 100 years :)

    and DPRK will occupy the japanese archipelago :)

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:24 02/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    If this was like 10 or 20 years ago, I would understand since that was their "role" in society more or less, but nowadays, it's the lazy b*tches that are talking.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:01 03/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh and i wonder why related topics are about women wanting rich husbands...
    Lazy bitches, in our country women do work AND take care of household and even have free time too and dont complain...

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    Comment by Julius "Tom" Jones
    16:12 12/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    How does that not surprise me! Im MALE and id want to be a house husband. :)

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:26 29/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I work and can satisfy my boyfriend despite the arguments about money (no details). If I worked, cleaned, raised children, and cooked while he didn't make any changes or contributions, I would be looked down on because I stuck with him. But if I left him on the curb I would just the money hungry bitch that dumped him right? I don't feel too strongly for the feminist thing but being born a man doesn't earn repect in th household. Also being American doesn't mean we all think the same as if we were a single race. If you think we're all stupid get out of our country. If you think you and your people are better why are you here? Why should I a black American suffer because of stupid foreigners with superiority complexes be allowed to say or do as you please as you are also a contributing factor to the increasing workforce in our country pushing my people into relying on the Govornment trap called welfare.

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    Comment by tassios eeucomisso
    03:44 27/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    i cant hold my laughs in here, rsrs
    what crazy world i

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:42 25/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    xD oh god. i dont blame japanese guys liking 2d girls more than 3d. in my country more than 50% of students in college are females

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    Comment by darknetwork
    20:02 12/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    poor husband, being worked to death

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:30 03/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's a world gone crazy, keeps a woman in chains..

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:58 04/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Jesus christ. People on here read one or two snippets in Sankaku, probably having never even been to Japan, then act as if they're connoisseurs of Japanese women. Protip: most Japanese women have a job.

    If people said things like "I just want to do my best for my husband/wife!" instead of accusing the other half of laziness wouldn't it be better? Instead I just see self absorbed NEETs who have no aspirations or anything to offer.

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    Comment by PrinceHeir
    04:08 05/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    hmmm interesting though it will still be better for both parties to work together :D

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:24 02/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    so womans do want to become neet too

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    Comment by ImBZppl
    04:33 02/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    now this is a deadly combo...
    it goes like this: want to be housewife to love a life of LEISURE
    therefore you need a wealthy husband
    standard of a wealthy man in a womens eye is too high therefore no man can match it
    Housewife dream is left unfulfilled

    route one:
    women gets old waiting because her standards are too high
    being old makes one less desirable for marriage so cannot get married
    and finally population drops

    route two:
    marries a average salary man
    unsatisfied with lifestyle
    cheats on husband
    population effect depends on weather they had children before divorce or not.

    route three:
    waits too long menopause sets in and can no longer have children
    population drops

    route four:
    marries a average salary man
    unsatisfied with lifestyle
    sticks with it despite unsatisfactory
    hate builds towards husband
    kills husband
    population drops x2

    route five:
    marries a average salary man
    unsatisfied with lifestyle
    learns to live with it
    population rises

    yeah... i don't see much of a good route population wise...

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    Comment by darkkimsei
    05:03 02/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This sandwich thing reminds me of an article I read where a Japanese wife was charging her husband for his lunch and to top it off she would have different rates for having sex, depending on what he wanted. That was so awesome I had to memorize it so I can recite it when making small talk to other people. Carry on...

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    Comment by Barbarian of Gor
    03:32 02/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's a good idea.

    More women staying home as housewives = less people in the workforce = higher wages a man can demand. The professionals can support a family, and due to the aging population ask for "Silly" things like more time to spend with their families. The sub-professionals and "Neet" will have lots of "Just Jobs" waiting that'll pay the bills and keep them in PVC figures.

    I'm tempted to say "Liberating women effectively doubled the workforce, lowering wages for everyone." but aside from the "Hyenas in Petticoat" stabs (1) I'd get, it isn't the whole story. Modern society is easily rich enough to have people having quadruple their average income, it's just that the "Rich Elite" take it from them with their wage/price schemes.

    Thus the 'doubling' supposedly of the workforce, along with illegal labor, outsourcing, etc. was used to lower the standard of living so a few could be very, very much more wealthy than they already were. It's called "The two income trap" in the USA.

    1-"You are a horrible Dinosaur! And like the dinosaur you will go extinct, your heart will burst from the strain of dragging your genitals!!!"
    ---Really, I've heard about all of em:-)

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:21 02/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ah, but the reason that wages are going down is NOT because there are too many people out there, but because of no strong worker protection laws and 'mandatory raise' after X amount of time in a job.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:17 02/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Talk about reaching for that occupational star >_>

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:38 02/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't mind women starting their own businesses and working for a living, but I hate it when feminists demonize traditional roles. There is no shame in being a house wife and bringing up children. In fact having children should be a priority for ever couple, its selfish not to make that sacrifice.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:23 02/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually, no. They are saying now that the FAMILY AS A WHOLE should come first, and the children second or third.

    The fact is that it is NOT very hard to raise children 'correctly' (i.e. to not be serial killers or forcible rapists).

    The PROBLEM is that society marks so much as 'bad' that is not really bad, and therefore parents are having their morality teaching undercut by these other things that the children can say "This is bullcrap!" and then stop listening to any moral teaching period.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:58 02/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    GDI Sankaku.

    First you bitch about how women should 'stay in the kitchen' andother ronry shit, and then when some say they want to, you bitch about that too.

    WTF is wrong with you guys?

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:44 01/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is true freedom of choice you stupid americans. Dumb Americans have no respect for any culture outside you arrogant views.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:38 01/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    sounds boring to be housewife. why would anybody want to laze around all day, everyday?

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:25 01/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    of course you don't want her staying at home while the pool guy is there

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:30 01/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)


    So gender equality now means that it's perfectly fair for the man to go out and work his ass off for the household while the woman sits at home, eating food her husband paid for, lounging on the couch her husband bought, watching the kid build with blocks her husband paid for, and the most physical exertion she has to do is push a vacuum (that her husband bought) for ten minutes or put clothes in a washer/drier (you know the drill)?

    I can understand the desire to sit back and live the life of leisure as much as anyone, but young Japanese women need to get it through their heads: maybe the reason so many of the men in your country gravitate towards 2D women is because they can't stand to put up with the arrogant stupid shit you spew all over the place while you scream for equal rights while seated firmly on your ass.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:58 01/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    you know, i have a girlfriend, annd if that is what makes her happy, i will do my bbest to make that a reality. You know why? Not because i'm naive or stupid, of course. It's because i love her, and she love me too. maybe 10 years from now you will understand. maybe. in the meantime, try reading the chicken soup for couples..

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    Comment by Kei-chan
    20:46 01/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Great, so we have some idiot supporting the lifestyle of some lazy golddigger. Its because of men like you that women like this exist. Parasites are still parasites no matter what kind of name you give them. If men can go out and work, so should women. Why should they sit back and do less? They all cry and want equality, but when it comes knocking they glue their ass to the couch(sorry its now the computer chair cause their facebook farms need to be harvested).

    Oh well, these types of women will dissappear soon anyway. With the economy pretty much getting worse and worse, dual income families are becoming mandatory for survival period. Seeing as our governments aren't doing much to actually help the problems anyway. So its pretty much sink or swim, and rather than going poor they will have to get off their ass to do something.

    I have nothing against actual housewives...the ones that actually do it because they have kids and lots of stuff that needs attended too(like the kids).

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    Comment by Myballz
    02:33 02/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Japanese women from what stereotypical profession they go into are mostly Artist,Entertainers,Nurses, Polices Officers,Adult Video stars,Models,School Teachers,Secretary's,Writers, Government Official,Business owners,Waitresses and so on.

    I am surprise a few women in Japan manage to overcome that hell even made money off of doing something stupid or great.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:40 01/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Maybe 10 years from now you'll understand why she ended up marrying someone richer than you.

    Love is impermanent. Psychologically speaking, most people will always strive for more without really being satisfied. Physiologically, the chemicals involved in love wont last long.

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    Comment by Miroku74
    06:41 02/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    About as long as the high induced by large quantities of dark chocolate. Incidentally, chocolate is also supposed to give the same kind of sense of fulfillment that Love does.

    Coincidence? Or Irony?

    Your choice.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:02 02/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    If she wants you to go out and work your ass off while she sits home and reaps all the benefits, she doesn't love you, or even respect you. She sees you as a walking ATM machine.

    I've been through this. I worked to support my fiancee that I loved. You know what that got me? Left alone 2 months before our wedding so she could go screw another guy who let her stay home and then married him after 2 months (right about the time I would have married her.

    I got the last laugh though. She got pregnant AND had to go work a full time job.

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