The National Research Institute for Population Problems and Social Security (yes, there is one) found out that one third of working women (20-64 years old) who live alone are under the poverty line.
The poverty line is fixed at half of the median income = 1,140,000 yens a year for Japan (733€ a month for France) (this is after the taxes have been deducted).
32% of all women living alone are concerned. The ratio reaches 57% for single mothers under 19 years old (I’d say that’s sad but quite logical) and 52% for single women over 65 years old. Meaning that things don’t get better with time.
I mean : yeah, I’ve been poor too, under that damn poverty line for years, but I knew it would get better. Well, it couldn’t be worse… Being poor and knowing it won’t change is completely different.
Up to now, Japan had quite a traditional society with most women (and, logically, men) getting married sooner or later and exiting poverty, so it may have been considered a minor problem. But social studies show that by 2030, a fifth of women will be single all their life long (no, I don’t mean “not having sex”, I mean “not getting married”, administratively single) and economists begin to think social laws should be changed to adapt to this new feature of society.
For those who wonder, the same study shows that the ratio is of one quarter for working men living alone. I wonder what are the numbers for married people…