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76 pct in Japan have gender-based biases, Cabinet Office survey

  • October 2, 2021
  • , Jiji Press , 1:54 p.m.
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Tokyo, Oct. 2 (Jiji Press)–A Cabinet Office survey has found that 76.3 pct of respondents in Japan recognize their own biases based on gender.

 

The survey, the first of its kind by the government agency, showed that there are entrenched stereotypes related to home and work, such as “women should do housework” and “men should support their families by working.”

 

Of the 36 examples of beliefs on gender roles and stereotypes presented in the survey, “women have feminine sensibilities” was the most commonly held one among both men and women, at 51.6 pct and 47.7 pct, respectively.

 

“Men should financially support families by working” followed with 50.3 pct for men and 47.1 pct for women.

 

Some stereotypes were far more commonly held by men than women.

 

For example, 37.3 pct of male respondents said that men should pay for dates and dinners, while only 22.1 pct of female respondents hold the belief. Similar gaps were seen in the ideas that “men should not cry in public” and “men should work overtime and on weekends.”

 

Other commonly held stereotypes include “women raising children should not be given important roles at work,” at 31.8 pct for men and 30.7 pct for women, and “men are better suited as leaders of organizations,” at 25.7 pct of men and 22.4 pct of women.

 

The survey, conducted over the six days through Aug. 18, gathered responses from 10,330 people in their 20s to 60s.

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