Buying Food Hard for Over 30 Pct of Japan Low-Income Households

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Tokyo, Oct. 22 (Jiji Press)--Of low-income households with junior high school children in Japan, 34.7 pct have experienced difficulty buying food for financial reasons, a survey by a Tokyo-based nonprofit organization showed Monday.

With child poverty becoming a social problem in the country, the survey result suggests that many low-income earners are struggling even to ensure sufficient food for their children.

The nonprofit organization supporting children in poverty, Kids' Door, conducted the survey in February 2017 among low-income households using free tutoring schools in Tokyo and the northeastern Japan city of Sendai. It collected responses from 207 junior high school children and 147 parents.

The average annual income of responding households stood at 3,049,000 yen. Those with incomes of less than 2 million yen made up the largest group, at 30.6 pct, and single-parent families accounted for 63.2 pct.

Of the responding parents, 1.4 pct said they often had difficulty buying enough food due to lack of money over the past year, 10.9 pct sometimes faced the same situation and 22.4 pct infrequently had such a problem. Such respondents together made up 34.7 pct.

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