More than 50 percent of single women in Japan in their 20s are struggling to make ends meet, according to a new survey by Money Book, according tomedia reports. A total of 350 women in their 20s from across Japan were surveyed about their jobs, salaries and expenses, with 49.9 per cent earning less than 200,000 yen (about Rmb12,730) a month, the report said.
The average monthly spending of women surveyed was 143,685 yen, with 28.6 percent saying they spent between 100,000 and 150,000 yen a month on bills and essentials. It includes expenses such as rent, utilities, transportation, hobbies, beauty treatments, etc., but not entertainment and eating out.
It is reported that in Tokyo a decent studio apartment, depending on the size and quality of the rent in 70,000 to 100,000 yen per month or more. Many respondents said that they no longer carry bank and credit cards, try not to spend money, and some people give up their hobbies for this.
In addition, 21.2 per cent of respondents spent more than they earned, used credit cards to make ends meet, and 14.6 per cent had net income between 0 and 10,000 yen. This means that nearly a third of the sample could not save.
According to the survey, 36.6 per cent of the respondents had more than one job and were struggling to make ends meet. 47.1 per cent of women thought they were a bit tight, 9.4 per cent said they were short of money, and some said they did not seem to earn enough money to cover their expenses, regardless of their job.
With sexism now more serious in Japan’s workplace, the study hopes to help women get policy benefits and further address problems such as falling birth rates.