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Study reveals why Japanese men and women in their 30s don’t want to get married

According to a government survey, one in four single people in their 30s in Japan do not want to get married due to financial burden, loss of freedom and problems with household chores.

The survey found marriages in Japan last year fell to 514,000, the lowest since the end of World War II in the 1940s.

Japan experienced a baby boom after World War II although it only lasted two years from 1947 to 1949, a second baby boom lasted from 1971 to 1974, however, Japan’s population decreased by alarming way. A report states that in 2019, the country’s population decreased by 276,000 people.

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The government conducted the study after sampling responses from 20,000 people aged 20 to 60. The survey showed that 54% of men and 62% of women in their thirties were married. The findings are part of the government’s white paper on gender equality.

The survey found that 26% of men and 25% of women wanted to remain single, and 46% of men and women in their 30s wanted to get married.

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More women than men said they did not want to engage in household chores, with childcare being the main reason for not getting married, even though both sexes said they did not want to give up their freedom.

Men said lack of financial ability and job insecurity were the main reasons for not getting married.

Japan has been struggling with the elderly population for several years. According to a UN report, Japan is the oldest country in the world and will continue to lead until 2050.

A report by the European Parliament had previously said that since 2011, Japan’s population has also declined, with the country home to a record 80,000 centenarians.

(With agency contributions)

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