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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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3 comments so far post your own

1 | At 11:46am on Jul 07 2007, Keiko Quan wrote:
Father of the children need to help
to provide for the children's needs.
2 | At 12:07pm on Jul 08 2007, Moring Star wrote:
Father of the children must help support the raise the children and to give what the children need.
3 | At 05:17pm on Jul 11 2007, Alex Burton wrote:
Absolutely, fathers of these children should provide financial assistance to their children. It must be very tough for those mothers, and moreover, it hurts the children...I couln't imagine hurting my beautiful daughter like that...

BUT, what about the unfair and hypocritical Japanese "justice system" which denies fathers (especially foreigners like myself) the basic human right of seeing, visiting...and loving their children and having them in their lives? Every year hundreds of children are literally kidnapped by their Japanese mothers and yes, even grandparents. That is the height of cruelty and mental torture...and the Government of Japan sanctions (encourages) this...it is truly an awful and very backwards (something you might have expected in the Edo Period) policy.
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