About 40 percent of respondents in their 20s to 40s believe husbands should work full time while their wives stay at home, a recent survey has found.
Those who favored the idea accounted for 39.3 percent of the male respondents and 43.0 percent of the female respondents, according to the survey by the Meiji Yasuda Institute of Life and Wellness.
The results are in stark contrast with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s aim to increase the ratio of women in the workforce as part of his government’s growth strategy.
Among the unmarried male respondents, 34.2 percent preferred the idea of working husbands with stay-at-home wives, compared with 37.9 percent in favor among the unmarried female respondents. The proportion came to 42.5 percent among the married male respondents and 46.1 percent among their female counterparts.
The results were “unexpected,” an analyst at the institute said. “This, however, may be because many believe that the current situation is not good for women to continue working after childbirth.”
Of all male respondents, 64.4 percent said women should concentrate on parenting while their children are very young. Female respondents who supported that view reached 70.9 percent. The survey was conducted over the Internet in late March. Valid responses totaled 3,616.