Income Inequality Far Greater for Married Workers in JapanSociety Economy Work
According to the Japanese government’s White Paper on Gender Equality 2022, there was a marked difference in married people’s individual annual income depending on their gender. Much fewer women earned more than ¥5 million across all age ranges. Moreover, around 10% to 20% of women in each age range had “no income” and were considered to be full-time housewives. Even among women who did receive income, the largest percentage were earning “under ¥1 million.” This is most likely because many try to keep their income under a certain amount by choosing nonregular or part-time work to balance their working hours so that they can still receive a spousal tax reduction and exemption from paying social insurance premiums.
On the other hand, there was not such a significant difference between single men and women’s individual annual income. However, the number of men earning ¥5 million or more increased the older they were, whereas women’s annual income remained relatively the same no matter their age.
(Originally published in Japanese. Banner photo © Pixta.)