Japan apparently rethinking gender roles

TOKYO, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- A survey in Japan has found that its citizens' concepts of gender roles may be changing as 52 percent of those surveyed opposed wives staying in the home.

While a similar study in 1979 found that only 20 percent of respondents opposed a woman staying in the home while her husband worked, a recent study found that number has risen to 52 percent overall, the Kyodo news agency said Sunday.


The most recent survey involved 3,118 adults and took place during July and August of this year.

The survey found 59 percent of women opposed the gender-based role of homemaker, while 46 percent of male respondents voiced their opposition.

Those respondents who were more than 70 years old were the least likely to oppose such gender roles, with only 38 percent disagreeing.

Those respondents in their 40s were the most likely to oppose such labels, with 59 percent of such individuals opposed.

Yet Kyodo said the study did find that 85 percent of the study's overall respondents said women should be the ones cooking a family's meals.

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