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How often do you update budgeting app data? graph of japanese statisticsgoo Research recently performed a survey, reported on by japan.internet.com, into keeping track of the family budget, a job in Japan that usually falls upon the wife.

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etween the 25th and 28th of September 2013 1,090 members of the goo Research online monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 53.8% of the sample were male, 13.5% in their teens, 15.4% in their twenties, 21.6% in their thirties, 17.3% in their forties, 14.7% in their fifties, and 17.5% aged sixty or older.
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How Japanese children become independent from their parents

Do you usually go out as a family on days off? graph of japanese statisticsThis is a very interesting survey from iShare, looking at the subject of children becoming independent from their parents and vice versa.

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Between the 3rd and 6th of December 2010 1,088 members of the CLUB BBQ free email forwarding service with a child aged 15 years old or younger completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 80.1% of the sample were male, 43.6% in their thirties, 52.3% in their forties, and 4.1% in their fifties.

I don’t think I particularly hated going out with the parents when I was a child, nor do I remember any definite time in my schooldays where I felt I had broken away from them; however, I suspect my mother might have a completely different answer looking at it from her side!

Note that in Q3SQ, almost all Japanese schoolchildren (as far as I know!) take lunchboxes to school and are expected to have their mid-day meal in the classroom, whereas when I was a kid most people who were within walking distance of the school went home for lunch.
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Managing the family budget in Japan

Do you have confidence in your money management skills? graph of japanese statisticsIt is the tradition that the wife manages the family budget, and that the husband merely gets a pocket money allowance, but this recent survey from iShare looked at the current situation regarding money management.

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Between the 1st and 5th of April 2010 1,275 members of the CLUB BBQ free email forwarding service completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 55.3% of the sample were male, 31.1% were in their twenties, 33.5% in their thirties, and 35.2% in their forties.

I was watching a program on general money-related advice a couple of days ago, and they said that actually not giving the husband an allowance is better, or if there is an allowance, make it a percentage of salary (including bonus!) as an incentive. To illustrate the point, they interviewed a few people on the street and the guys with allowances were asked what they did when their pocket money ran out. The answers broadcast included buying stuff with credit card instead (presumably the wife didn’t check receipts) or borrowing money from their parents!
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Mobiles help strengthen Japanese parent-child relationships

Has parent-child communication changed due to mobile phones? graph of japanese opinionNepro Japan recently reported on an interesting report on parent-child relationships and email. This perhaps could be considered a follow-up to a previous survery on how people have seen society change due to mobiles.

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Between the 5th and 6th of April 2007 Nepro Japan collected 3,866 responses through a menu option available through the public menu systems of NTT DoCoMo’s iMode, SoftBank’s Yahoo Keitai and au’s EZweb. 42% of this self-selecting survey was male, 3% in their teens, 36% in their twenties, 42% in their thirties, and 18% aged forty or older.

Not being a parent, and not having a parent in this country, I cannot comment on any personal experiences.

In Q1 there seems to be rather a lot of orphans! Perhaps it includes people who have fallen out of touch with their parents.
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