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Thu Sep 27, 2012, 11:07 PM

Why male Japanese wage-earners have only 'pocket money'


Mariko Oi reports on the 74% of Japanese household budgets that are controlled by women

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So why don't men start controlling the household budgets themselves?

"I don't think many men hand over their entire salaries happily," says career consultant Takao Maekawa of FeelWorks.

"But they feel it's their obligation to earn money for the family even if it means they have to suffer themselves."

Traditionally, it was a combination of hardworking salarymen, as white-collar businessmen are called in Japan, and stay-at-home mothers or housewives which supported Japan's economic growth after World War II.

"He actually tried to handle the household budget once," says Masami Nozawa whose husband Yoshihiro lives on 30,000 yen a month.

"But he said it was too time consuming so returned the task back to me," she says.

Yoshihiro agrees: "I know how much I make and I now understand how difficult it is to allocate the money".

"Even if I get a pay rise at work, I am not too hopeful that my pocket money will go up."

Today, more families are seeking out a double income simply because they cannot afford not to.

But for now, Yoshihiro and Taisaku look for cheap enough bars where they can still have some drinks without blowing all of their monthly pocket money at once.

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Fri Sep 28, 2012, 09:51 AM

1. That might help explain this:



/of course I suppose having your money managed for you (for free!) will be cited as yet another male privilege.

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Fri Sep 28, 2012, 11:22 AM

2. Interesting... I`ll have to ask my sister in law if that`s her experience as well..


I think her situation may be a little different though.. she lives in the Nagoya area with her husband at his parents house. I think his parents are retired, and his sister who also lives there is in college. My S-I-L and her husband opened an English Language school, and she does the teaching while I believe he does the books...

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