Outline of the Sixth Longitudinal Survey of Babies in 21st Century

Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare

Japanese

(5) Child-Rearing Expenditures

Child-rearing expenditures have been on the increase.

In the breakdown of the monthly child-rearing expenditure, “40 thousand yen” accounted for 22.6%, “30 thousand yen” 20.0% and “50 thousand yen” 19.8%.

With regard to the changes from the time of the 4th survey, the proportion of respondents with “20 thousand yen” or less decreased and that with “30 thousand yen” or more increased (Figure 20).

As for the proportion of respondents who replied “financial burdens” to burdens and worries concerning child rearing according to the monthly child-rearing expenditure in the 6th survey, “60 thousand yen” accounted for 52.6% and “65 thousand yen” 53.0%, showing that the higher the expenditure becomes, the larger the proportion becomes (Figure 21).

Concerning monthly child-care fee and tuition fee for nursery school or kindergarten, “20,000 yen to under 30,000 yen” accounted for the largest proportion of 40.1%. Comparing with the 4th survey, the proportion of “no child-care fee and tuition fee” decreased from about 40% to 3.1% in the 6th survey (Figure 22).

In the breakdown of monthly expenses for lessons, the largest proportion was 24.3% for “5,000 yen to under 10,000 yen”, followed by 16.1% for “10,000 yen to under 20,000 yen”. According to this breakdown in relation to the monthly child-rearing expenditure, there is a tendency that the higher the child-rearing expenditure becomes, the larger the expenses for paid lessons become (Figure 23).

Figure 20 Changes in the monthly child-rearing expenditure

Figure 20  Changes in the monthly child-rearing expenditure
Notes:
1) The figures are based on the total number of responses in the 4th through 6th surveys (total number of replies: 36,691).
2) The monthly child-rearing expenditure is rounded to the nearest 10,000, and the amount categories are as follows:
“Under 5,000 yen”: Under 5,000 yen
“10,000 yen”: 5,000 – 14,999 yen
“20,000 yen”: 15,000 – 24,999 yen
“30,000 yen”: 25,000 – 34,999 yen
“40,000 yen”: 35,000 – 44,999 yen
“50,000 yen”: 45,000 – 54,999 yen
“60,000 yen”: 55,000 – 64,999 yen
“65,000 yen or over”: 65,000 yen or over

Figure 21 The proportion of responses with “financial burdens” to burdens and
worries concerning child rearing according to the monthly child-rearing expenditure

Figure 21  The proportion of responses with “financial burdens” to burdens and worries concerning child rearing according to the monthly child-rearing expenditure
Notes:
1) The figures are based on the total number of responses in the 6th survey (total number of replies: 38,535).
2) The monthly child-rearing expenditure is rounded to the nearest 10,000, and the amount categories and the
proportion to the total are as follows:
“Under 5,000 yen”: Under 5,000 yen (0.6%)
“10,000 yen”: 5,000 – 14,999 yen (4.7%)
“20,000 yen”: 15,000 – 24,999 yen (11.3%)
“30,000 yen”: 25,000 – 34,999 yen (20.0%)
“40,000 yen”: 35,000 – 44,999 yen (22.5%)
“50,000 yen”: 45,000 – 54,999 yen (19.7%)
“60,000 yen”: 55,000 – 64,999 yen (8.5%)
“65,000 yen or over”: 65,000 yen or over (10.5%)

Figure 22 Monthly child-care fee and tuition fee for nursery school or kindergarten

Figure 22  Monthly child-care fee and tuition fee for nursery school or kindergarten
Notes:
1) The figures are based on the total number of responses in the 4th and 6th surveys (total number of replies: 37,932).
2) “Monthly child-care fee and tuition fee for nursery school or kindergarten” was not investigated in the 5th survey.

Figure 23 Monthly expenses for lessons

Figure 23  Monthly expenses for lessons
Notes:
1) The figures are based on the total number of responses in the 6th survey (total number of replies: 38,535).
2) The total includes “unknown” concerning the monthly child-rearing expenditure.
3) The monthly child-rearing expenditure is rounded to the nearest 10,000, and the amount categories and the proportion to
the total are as follows:
“Under 5,000 yen”: Under 5,000 yen (0.6%)
“10,000 yen”: 5,000 – 14,999 yen (4.7%)
“20,000 yen”: 15,000 – 24,999 yen (11.3%)
“30,000 yen”: 25,000 – 34,999 yen (20.0%)
“40,000 yen”: 35,000 – 44,999 yen (22.5%)
“50,000 yen”: 45,000 – 54,999 yen (19.7%)
“60,000 yen”: 55,000 – 64,999 yen (8.5%)
“65,000 yen or over”: 65,000 yen or over (10.5%)

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