The outcome prompted the government to recognise the need to continue measures supporting marriage amid the country’s rapidly aging population.
A separate government survey released earlier this month showed the number of newborns in Japan hitting a record-low of 918,397 in 2018, staying below the 1 million mark for the third year in a row.
On Tuesday, the Cabinet also approved an annual report on children and young people, in which it showed that 48.5 per cent of 13- to 29-year-olds disagree that men should be the breadwinner while women stayed at home, while 14.6 per cent agreed, Kyodo reported.
The results of an online survey with 1,134 respondents, carried out last November and December, reflect a shifting mindset among Japan’s youth.
The same study conducted five years earlier showed 38.7 per cent in disagreement and 22.3 per cent in agreement.