It’s interesting that they phrase the trend as growing support for gender equality. Does that imply that gender equality itself has not been so remarkable?

After 17 years of growing support for gender equality in Japan, there was a dramatic reversal in a survey released yesterday. The share of Japanese who thought wives should stay at home jumped 10.3 percentage points to 51.6 percent between 2009 and 2012, according to The Yomiuri Shimbun.

The biggest shift occured among youth, as 55.7 percent of men in their twenties said wives should stay home, up 21.4 points from the last survey. The percentage among women in the same age bracket rose 15.9 points to 43.7 percent. The shift appears to be related to the weak economy.

Prof. Kakuko Miyata of Meiji Gakuin University tells Yomiuri: "I suspect young people today are deeply concerned about their futures because of prolonged difficulty in finding jobs and the sluggish economy, so they may wish for the home to be a source of emotional support.“

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