Share of working mothers in Japan tops 70 percent for 1st time
Jiji -- Jul 21
The proportion of women with children who said they were employed stood at a record high of 70.8 pct in 2017, exceeding 70 pct for the first time, a survey by the labor ministry showed Friday.

The figure was up 3.6 percentage points from a year earlier, the ministry's comprehensive survey of living conditions said.

The result has highlighted the need to support mothers who are working while raising their children.

Explaining the increase of working mothers, the ministry said a growing number of companies have adopted childcare leave and shorter working hour systems.

Of the working mothers, 24.7 pct were regular workers, 37 pct were nonregular workers and 9.1 pct were in other working situations, including company executives and working on the side.

国民生活の調査で、仕事を持つ母親の割合が初めて70%を超え、過去最高となりました。 厚生労働省が去年、行った国民生活基礎調査によりますと、子どもがいる世帯は1173万4000世帯で、そのうち仕事をしている母親の割合が70.8%に上ることが分かりました。
News sources: Jiji, ANNnewsCH
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