With the majority of Japanese women continuing to bear the primary responsibility for household duties, most don’t see an improvement in their work-life balance in the past year, compared to other women in the broader APAC region. Also, more working-age Japanese women do not want to work at all.
The majority of Japanese women who use the internet are online on a daily basis. While they rely on the internet for information through search, email, and news content, they don’t take full advantage of online tools and resources to get tasks done.
With women primarily responsible for household chores and childcare, the difficulty of balancing work and home life is a major barrier to full-time work. Wider adoption of online productivity tools could help keep more women in the workforce.
Working mothers show the highest level of interest in online education. With this comes opportunities to reinforce their motivation to learn new skills online and use technology to improve their lives.
In Japan, nearly all internet users are online daily, and men and women connect equally. However, they do a smaller variety of activities than average users across the Asia Pacific region.
Younger women have a larger number of daily online activities, but the variety of women's activities declines with age.
Compared to women across the region, Japanese women use the internet more frequently for search, email, and news content. However, they don’t take full advantage of online tools and resources to get tasks done.
|Use a search engine||61%||73%|
|Send or receive email||58%||74%|
|Go to sites or apps for news, weather, sports and articles||43%||51%|
|Creating and sharing documents||22%||8%|
|Communicate via video||18%||6%|
Japanese women are less willing to work full time, and show a higher preference for part-time work, compared to women in similar markets in the region. Very few Japanese are interested in starting their own businesses; their entrepreneurial spirit is the lowest among surveyed countries.
|Full-time for an organization||Part-time for an organization||Self-employed||Not working||Don’t know|
Women are more likely to believe that people should have an equal chance at getting a job, but less likely to feel it is actually true.
|“People should have an equal chance to obtain a job regardless of gender.”||Japan||APAC|
|“People do have an equal chance to obtain a job regardless of gender.”||Japan||APAC|
Compared to people in the broader Asia Pacific region, Japanese people – and men in particular – are less likely to believe that men and women should share household and childcare responsibilities.
|“Men and women should both take responsibility for child-rearing.”||Japan||APAC|
|“Men and women should both take responsibility for household chores.”||Japan||APAC|
More women report that they’re mainly responsible for household and child-rearing duties. However, men are much more likely to feel that they share these responsibilities.
|group||Myself||My partner / spouse||Split between myself and partner||Others|
|group||Myself||My partner / spouse||Split between myself and partner||Another family member|
Fewer Japanese women report work-life balance improvements in the past year.
Employed mothers are looking for flexible work hours when choosing a job.
- Employed mothers:42%
Japanese workers are less interested in technologies that would enable more flexible work styles, and use them at a lower rate than workers in similar markets.
Similar to lower rates of technology usage at work, there is also a lower level of interest in online education in Japan.
Both women and men see cost as a barrier for online learning, but lack of time is an even bigger barrier for women who have children.
|“It is too expensive.”||Men||Women||Mother|
|“I do not have the time to study.”||Men||Women||Mother|
Japanese people – and women especially – believe the internet is more suitable for informal education than formal education.
|“The internet is the best place to go when you want to learn something informal – such as a recipe.”||67%||55%|
|“The internet is the best place to go to learn something formal – such as a course or type of study.”||43%||45%|
Although women’s interest in online education is low, employed mothers are much more interested in it, and are more motivated to pursue both formal and informal studies.
|Likely to consider studying online||Women||Mothers||Employed mothers|
|Ttake a course to learn more about a hobby or area of interest||Women||Mothers||Employed mothers|
|Take a course for further education||Women||Mothers||Employed mothers|
|Take a course for career/business development||Women||Mothers||Employed mothers|
Gaining practical skills is the biggest reason that people are interested in online learning. Women are more likely to look for personal achievement and confidence, while men prefer to deepen their knowledge.
Women and men alike are interested in studying business online.
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