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87% say women prepare the meals at home, Nihon Yoron Chosakai poll

  • August 12, 2021
  • , Tokyo Shimbun , p. 3
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In the nationwide mail-in poll on “diet and Japanese society” conducted by Nihon Yoron Chosakai, a total of 87% of respondents said that “women do the cooking at home.” The poll was conducted on June 16–July 26, and the results of the poll were released on Aug. 11. Some 44% of respondents also said that the burden on the person who does the cooking has increased due to the COVID pandemic. The poll results bring to light the fact that the burden of meal preparation still is greater on women than men even though discussion is underway regarding reconsidering the division of housework and changing people’s awareness regarding the division of labor by gender. (Abridged)

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