Here are a few facts and figures that make for some interesting reading.
On average, Japanese husbands do 7 minutes housework a day. Wives on the other hand do considerably more, weighing in with a hefty 4 hours and 49 minutes. This according to the ‘housework sharing’ survey done in 2001. Plus, in regards to childcare, wives give up 1 hour and 48 minutes of their time. Men however only manage to squeeze in 13 minutes.
Outside the home, female employees get just 69 percent of what their male equivalents are paid. And according to a study done in July this year, 63 percent of Japanese companies had no plans to hire women.
In a World Economic Forum survey of 58 economies — both developed and emerging — Japanese women ranked 52nd for economic opportunity. Slightly better than in the area of political empowerment, where they only managed to sneak in at number 54.
Make of these numbers what you will.
Personally, I’ve printed out the housework stats and left them ‘casually’ on the table at home. I may not exactly be ‘Mr man about the house’, but those figures put me in model husband territory. Or at least in the vicinity.