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Men who help out at home in Japan appear more likely to get Father's Day gift: survey

Messages of gratitude for Father's Day are seen on a wall at JR Oita Station in the city of Oita on June 20, 2020. (Mainichi/Hyelim Ha)

TOKYO -- As men in Japan are spending more time at home amid the coronavirus pandemic, their efforts in helping out with chores and childrearing seem to be linked to their chances of receiving a Father's Day present, according to a survey.

    According to the questionnaire conducted by Nippon Life Insurance Co. ahead of Father's Day on June 20, 64.0% of respondents said they will give a present on the day -- 3.9 percentage points up from last year. Among those who feel their husbands or fathers have become more proactive with chores and/or childrearing compared to before the pandemic, more than 80% said they will offer them a gift.

    Respondents who said that their men have helped out more around the house than before the pandemic started accounted for 13.9% of the total, and among them, 82.9% said they will treat them to a present. In contrast, among the 3.1% who judged their husbands or fathers have been doing less at home than before the coronavirus emerged, only 38.2% said they will give them a gift.

    Tomoki Inoue, an analyst at NLI Research Institute, a subsidiary of Nippon Life Insurance, said, "Getting actively involved in house chores and raising children can be said to boost one's chances of receiving a Father's Day present as a sign of daily gratitude."

    The survey was conducted on the internet between May 6 and 17, and 10,165 people responded.

    (Japanese original by Mio Ikeda, Tokyo Business News Department)

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