• Kyodo News


Men in their 30s are spending more time at home after work compared with five years ago in a trend that may be connected with falling incomes, a research institute said Wednesday.

A survey last October showed that men in their 30s were spending an average of 11 hours and 58 minutes at home on weekdays, up 35 minutes from 2005, and that the percentage of men in their 20s and 30s who do housework on weekdays had climbed around 10 points in each category to 32 percent and 40 percent, respectively, the NHK Broadcasting Culture Research Institute said.

“Working may not be the most important thing for people in their 30s now. There are also people who are not allowed to work overtime or who cannot afford to spend money on leisure activities,” said Toshiyuki Kobayashi, a researcher at the institute.

The quintennial lifestyle survey, started in 1960 by NHK’s research arm, drew responses from about 7,200 people aged 10 years and older.

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