Japanese Fathers Spend More Time Playing with Kids: Survey

Society

Tokyo, June 17 (Jiji Press)--About half of all parents in Japan raising children think that today's young fathers spend more time playing with their kids than their own fathers did, according to a survey by a Japanese educational toy maker.

Although the survey revealed that fathers are taking a more active part in child-rearing in Japan, most young mothers still want their husbands to play more with their children.

The results of the survey by Bornelund Inc. are based on answers from 1,287 parents in their 30s whose children currently attend kindergarten or nursery school.

In the survey, 42.2 pct of respondents said that fathers play with their children two to three days a week, followed by 24.2 pct who play with their children every day and 14.8 pct who play with their kids four to five days a week.

In a question about changes in the amount of time young fathers spend playing with their children compared with their own childhoods, 50 pct of respondents said today's young fathers spend more time with their children during the holidays, while 40.4 pct said the same about weekdays.

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