More women continue to work after getting married and having children.
Invitations are extended either in person, by telephone or on printed invitations for formal receptions or dinners and all should be taken seriously.
Physically, the Japanese are accustomed to living in smaller spaces, so one room not only serves many functions, but several people must also share the same space.
Thus, in the home, it is only recently that children in upper-middle class families have begun to have their own bedrooms.
For a typical couple, the female spouse is still generally expected to do all of the cleaning, cooking and other chores, whether she is working or not.
Mass media often report that women in Japan are more “genki” (vigorous, active) than their male counterparts.