• Families in Japan are generally traditional, and the family is a focal point of life.
  • Immediate families are a bit smaller compared to those of other countries; it is not uncommon for Japanese parents to have only one or two children.
  • It is also very common for adult children to continue to live with their parents well into their twenties or thirties until they get married.
  • Japanese gender roles are still quite traditional, with women expected to stay home and take care of their children and men expected to support the family financially.
  • A few problems have recently plagued Japanese family life and society. One of them is the decreasing birthrate, which hit a record low in 2005 when the number of deaths outnumbered the number of births.