Comments on: Is the pension waiver for full-time housewives unfair? http://blog.japantimes.co.jp/yen-for-living/is-the-pension-waiver-for-full-time-housewives-unfair/ How to make, save and spend money in Japan. Wed, 18 Feb 2015 03:29:48 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 By: Doug http://blog.japantimes.co.jp/yen-for-living/is-the-pension-waiver-for-full-time-housewives-unfair/comment-page-1/#comment-44360 Tue, 15 Mar 2011 01:11:47 +0000 http://blog.japantimes.co.jp/yen-for-living/?p=2258#comment-44360 You’re right about women’s roles in Japan Sasori. I lived over there for 4 years and worked for several Japanese companies and the OL position is both an insult and a joke. I felt so embarassed having one of my coworkers serving me tea all day. I told her I could get my own. It’s a shame that Japan is so advanced technologically, but so backward socially. Traditions and rituals are great, but when they don’t allow their inhabitants equal opportunity they are enslaving.

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By: Doug http://blog.japantimes.co.jp/yen-for-living/is-the-pension-waiver-for-full-time-housewives-unfair/comment-page-1/#comment-44305 Mon, 14 Mar 2011 16:03:41 +0000 http://blog.japantimes.co.jp/yen-for-living/?p=2258#comment-44305 I think the women Denny might be referring to are called golddiggers. Young women who don’t want to work, so they hook up with rich old men and live off of their money. At least I hope that’s who he’s referring to, because housework is no joke. It’s a never-ending job. Japanese men need to work less and spend more time with their families, while Japanese women need to get out and be more financially independent. It’s time for a change Japan. Stop living in the 1950s.

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By: Sasori http://blog.japantimes.co.jp/yen-for-living/is-the-pension-waiver-for-full-time-housewives-unfair/comment-page-1/#comment-44293 Mon, 14 Mar 2011 14:00:37 +0000 http://blog.japantimes.co.jp/yen-for-living/?p=2258#comment-44293 I agree with Miko but certainly not with denny’s comparison. Housewives without children = prostitutes ??? Come on ! These are just women ironically benefitting from a very sexist system which allows them to escape from real life with the benediction of a conservative society. They just don’t want to work, they are afraid of it, they want to be children forever. We can of course critisize them but at the same time everything is made in Japan to discourage women from having a career, even after good studies. They have to chose between a career or children, so their situation doesn’t equal men’s situation. Quitting a job as an Office Lady for marriage is an understandable decision : the job is definitely stupid, it’s an insult to women, who get treated like fresh ornament. Thus it’s only when there is more equality between men and women in society that this kind of opportunistic women will vanish. And more equality at work means a higher birthrate.

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By: Kennz http://blog.japantimes.co.jp/yen-for-living/is-the-pension-waiver-for-full-time-housewives-unfair/comment-page-1/#comment-43552 Tue, 08 Mar 2011 06:55:48 +0000 http://blog.japantimes.co.jp/yen-for-living/?p=2258#comment-43552 Doesn’t prostitution mean simply exchange of money for sexual favors?
It doesn’t mean there’s any love, offspring, care in sickness…

How would being a homemaker equal being a prostitute.
Throughout history there have been women, sometimes men, who did all or most work at home, raised and educated the kids and were paid only in food and shelter. Does that make a prostitute? In Japan where many “salariman” leave home 7 am and may return close to midnight, how can a both spouses work full time and care for the house, pays the bills, raise kids is beyond me. So, if a husband works every day full time, but a wife works only one or maybe 3 days per week, part time, what kind of a prostitute would that make her!

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By: denny http://blog.japantimes.co.jp/yen-for-living/is-the-pension-waiver-for-full-time-housewives-unfair/comment-page-1/#comment-43193 Sat, 05 Mar 2011 04:04:18 +0000 http://blog.japantimes.co.jp/yen-for-living/?p=2258#comment-43193 Miko – thank you for expressing a basic principle. As a man, I have heard enough women who, once married and out of the workforce, admit how much this life and has spoiled their desire to return to the workforce. You may not agree wit this, but in my mind, married women without children who don’t work and who live off their husbands’ earnings, are no more than prostitutes. And the guys who like this arrangements are no different from buyers of prostitutes. Unless, they agree that all finances are 50/50 split. Which few husbands are willing to do.

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By: Miko http://blog.japantimes.co.jp/yen-for-living/is-the-pension-waiver-for-full-time-housewives-unfair/comment-page-1/#comment-43114 Fri, 04 Mar 2011 13:01:56 +0000 http://blog.japantimes.co.jp/yen-for-living/?p=2258#comment-43114 The moral of the story for me, as a woman, is never ever rely on marriage as a lifelong source of income. I truly believe that all married women, and even women with young children, should stay in the workforce, working at a paid job even it it’s for only one day a week. The important thing is to stay in the loop. I’ve never held with this modern idea of women being full-time homemakers and mothers (except in certain special circumstances), and frankly I don’t respect women who do.

As for trusting the government, well don’t get me started!

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