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6.9% of single women in their 20s want to quit work after childbirth: gov't survey

Of single women who intend to continue working after marriage, 6.9 percent want to quit their jobs after childbirth -- only a quarter of the figure (24.5 percent) seen 10 years ago, according to a Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry survey released on Nov. 22.

    The ministry survey, aimed at tracing changes in the attitudes and lifestyles of Japan's young people, queried men and women who were in their 20s when a similar survey was carried out in 2012. The respondents were 23 to 32 years old at the time of the latest survey, which found that 44.6 percent of single working women "will continue to work after marriage," up 2.8 points from 10 years ago. Some 17.1 percent of the women said they "will quit upon marriage," a drop of 4.8 points. Of the women who said they would continue to work after marriage, 65.1 percent -- up 13.8 points -- said they would definitely continue to work after having kids.

    The ministry attributed the findings to "changing family values due to the prevalence of childcare leave, diversification of lifestyles and circumstances surrounding family finances."

    When single men and women were asked about the composition of their ideal household income, the most popular answer among both genders 10 years ago was, "The husband should take primary responsibility." In the latest survey, however, 49 percent of single men said, "The husband and wife should have equal responsibility." About 40 percent of single women agreed, while another 40 percent said that "the husband should hold primary responsibility."

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