Japanese government survey shows 1 in 4 single people in their 30s don’t want to get married

One in four single people in their 30s who have never been married in Japan said they had no desire to marry, citing reasons including concerns about a loss of freedom, associated household chores and burdens financial affairs, a government inquiry revealed on Tuesday.

The findings of the Marriage and Earnings Survey were cited in the government’s white paper on gender equality, which also noted that the number of marriages in 2021 had fallen to around 514,000, the lowest of post-war, based on preliminary data.

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