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Really! Okinawa hubbies help out most at home

Date Posted: 2012-04-27

A statistical tidbit that has local men beaming: husbands in Okinawa Prefecture do more housework than their counterparts in all of Japan's other prefectures.

An online survey by Kirin Brewery Co. shows that in Okinawa, husbands do 22% of the housework on average on a weekly basis, compared with the nationwide average of 17.6%. The survey, conducted during the eight days through Dec. 1th, covered couples in their 30s and 40s. Valid responses were received from 18,800 people.

Okinawa also topped the country's 47 prefectures in terms of husbands who cook. Of responding wives in the prefecture, 51.5% said their husbands cook at home, against the national average of 40%. In Okinawa, 45% of male and female respondents said they cook or prepare food with their partners, the highest figure of any prefecture. The proportion of respondents that hope to increase the opportunities for cooking with their partners was highest in Kagoshima, southwestern Japan, at 77%, compared with the national average of 70.9%.

Both Kagoshima and Okinawa had high rankings in terms of matrimonial relationships and the affection that respondents feel for their partners, Kirin said. "Cooking together seems to be a key to matrimonial harmony," said Kirin, a unit of Kirin Holdings Co.

On help by husbands with housework, Aomori came second at 21.8%, followed by Kochi at 20.6%, and by Niigata and Tokushima, both at 19.4%. The worst performer was Gifu Prefecture at 14.6%.

For husbands who cook at home, Tokyo followed Okinawa at 49.5%. Next came Kochi at 48.5%, Kanagawa at 47.5% and Iwate at 47%. The worst performer was Okayama and Fukuoka, both at 30%. In Kagoshima, the proportion of male and female respondents who said they were on good terms with their partners accounted for 67%, the highest figure. Okayama ranked second at 65.8% followed by Okinawa at 65.3%. Gifu performed worst at 51.8%

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