More Single Mothers in Japan
Monday, July 2, 2007 Posted: 03:22 PM JST
The number of single mothers receiving government assistance reached a record high of 987,450 last February. The figure has increased for the past nine years, a result of the high number of divorces in Japan, which now stands at an annual rate of 250,000.
Life is not easy for these single mothers. According the White Paper on Single-Mother Families, made public by the government on June 1, the average income of female-headed households in 2005 totaled JPY 2.334 million (USD 18,971), or JPY 831,000 (USD 6,754) per household member. In these households, 83.0 percent of mothers were employed. However, only 39.2 percent of them had regular jobs, while 49.0 percent were employed at temporary or part-time jobs.
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