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October 07, 2005

Mothers Want Their Dues

A recent survey found that about a third of Japanese mothers think their children should repay the cost of their education, according to Asahi.com. The survey, carried out by staff at the Institute of Social Studies at Tokyo University, found that 31% of mothers and 17% of fathers felt that their children should repay the cost of putting them through school once they started working. Some 77% of mothers and 63% of fathers felt that the tuition they had paid was wasted if their children didn't apply themselves to their studies. The disparity in the figures and the stricter attitudes of mothers is thought to reflect the fact that they often are responsible for the family finances. While fathers have a greater tendency to see time spent as a student as a valuable experience in itself, mothers are more concerned with that time being put to good use and focusing on securing a good career.
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