About 70 percent of husbands in Japan felt more positive about child-rearing during the coronavirus stay-at-home period requested by the government but 40 percent of wives felt stressed at having to be with their kids and husbands all the time, a private survey shows.

Of the husbands, 20.9 percent said they became more proactive in looking after their children and 18.5 percent said they deepened their bonds with them, according to the poll by Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Co.

Of the wives, 22 percent said they grew irritated more often with the kids and 11.3 percent said they got frustrated with the way their husbands looked after them, it said.