Survey: 1 in 7 husbands does no housework in two-income families

August 09, 2014

By ATSUKO HATAYAMA/ Staff Writer

One in seven husbands with wives who work full time does no housework, according to a survey by the National Institute of Population and Social Security Research (IPSS).

Women whose husbands help around the house are also more eager to start a family than those whose spouses do not, the survey said.

The results of the study, which is conducted every five years, were released Aug. 8.

A total of 12,289 households took part in the most recent survey in July 2013.

Of the 9,632 valid responses received, the study focused on replies from 6,409 women who have spouses.

In families with wives working full time, the ratio of men who perform no household tasks was 13.7 percent, down from 16 percent in the previous survey in 2008.

Of husbands sharing the housework, 30 percent perform only up to 10 percent of the overall household chores.

Of families with homemakers, 23 percent replied that their husband does not help out around the house.

The survey also revealed how a husband doing housework influences women’s plans to have a child.

Of the women aged 39 or younger with no children and whose husbands help do chores, the ratio of respondents who replied that they plan to start a family was 70.4 percent.

The comparable ratio of women with husbands who rarely keep house was 48.1 percent.

By ATSUKO HATAYAMA/ Staff Writer
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A two-income couple is busily preparing to take their children to day care before they go off to work in the morning. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)

A two-income couple is busily preparing to take their children to day care before they go off to work in the morning. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)

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  • A two-income couple is busily preparing to take their children to day care before they go off to work in the morning. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)

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