People in Twenties Less Marriage-Minded in Japan (News)


Tokyo, Nov. 2 (Jiji Press)—The shares of people in their twenties who hope to marry and have a child have declined, according to a recent National Institution for Youth Education survey.

“The issues of economic disparity and poverty seem to dampen” young people's interest in making new families, said Yoichi Akashi, director of the institution's Research Center for Youth Education.

The institution compared the results of its latest survey for fiscal 2015 with those of the previous survey in fiscal 2008. The latest one, whose results were announced Tuesday, was conducted online with 4,000 men and women in their twenties to thirties across Japan in December 2015, while the previous survey covered 2,400 people aged 18 to 29.

In the fiscal 2015 survey, 16.9% of the unmarried respondents said they hope to marry soon, while 20.3% said they do not want to get married.

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