Record 61 Pct in Japan Back Working Mothers: Govt Survey

Politics Society Economy

Tokyo, Nov. 15 (Jiji Press)--A Cabinet Office survey showed Friday that a record 61.0 pct of the public in Japan think women should continue working after giving birth.

The number rose 6.8 percentage points from the previous survey in 2016, topping 60 pct for the first time since the survey on gender-equal society started in 1992.

The proportion of respondents backing working mothers accounted for some 50 pct among those aged 18-29 and 70 or older.

The figure rose to around 65 pct among those in their 30s to 40s and exceeded 70 pct among those in their 50s.

In contrast, the share of respondents who said that husbands should work outside the home while wives do housework fell to a record low of 35.0 pct.

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