Japanese Women’s Ideal Husband is Someone Making Lots of Money, Survey Finds

Most Japanese women want to spend the rest of their lives with a man who appears to be fairly ordinary, working in the office to make money, a new survey suggests.

IBJ, a marriage consultation company, surveyed 556 single Japanese women in their 20s to 40s about their ideal husband.

As it turned out, majority of the respondents wanted a typical salaryman — the guy depicted to work extremely long hours and, alarmingly, appear to be the most likely to die from karoshi.

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As per SoraNews24, 40% of the women wanted to marry a man employed in a major trading firm or a manufacturing company.

This top choice is followed by a civil servant (38%), a doctor (7%), a tax accountant (4%), a manager (2%) and one working in an advertising agency or a television station (2%). About 7% had no particular preference with occupation.

Those who wanted men from trading, manufacturing and the civil service specified that job security and high income were the yardsticks for their choice.

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Prospective husbands from the said industries are likewise perceived as diligent, earnest and knowledgeable in many topics of interest.

In terms of annual salary, 47% of the women wanted a man who makes 5 million to 6.99 million yen ($45,307 to $63,339).

Some 34% wanted much higher, 7 million to 8.99 million yen ($63,429 to $81,461), while 11% pressed for more at over 9 million yen (at least $81,552). The latter group explained that such a husband would enable them to raise children much easier and make life simply more convenient.

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Some 6% had no preference, while 2% wanted men who earn 3 million to 4.99 million yen ($27,184 to $45,216).

Interestingly, all respondents agreed that an ideal husband is someone who makes more money than they can.

Meanwhile, when asked to select one trait they don’t want in a husband, 40% of the women cited gambling addiction, followed by filthy (24%), likelihood to cheat (19%), smelly (8%), arrogant (4%), “mother complex” (3%), overweight (1%) and complaining a lot (1%).

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The survey, while not representative of all Japanese women, provides a picture of the man who, fortunately, will likely find love in another human being. From there, the next step seems pretty obvious.

Image via Flickr / mrhayata (CC BY-SA 2.0)

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