Japanese women asked what qualities they seek in a husband but would not necessarily want in a boyfriend provide a suitably pragmatic ranking.
2. A stable job
3. Similar values
6. Desire for children
8. He can drive
10. Independence from his family
Strangely enough, although “stable work” is 2nd in the ranking, “a high salary” is only 23rd.
Dead last at 30 is “academic attainment” – an unsurprising position as academic qualifications beyond a bachelor’s degree are virtually useless for all but career academics in Japan, as employers prefer to brainwash employees themselves instead.