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How much do Japanese men and women pay on dates? Survey finds large gap

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By Casey Baseel, SoraNews24

It’s true that you can’t buy love, but it’s also true that it’s hard to get someone to open their heart if you’re never willing to open your wallet for them. Assuming you and your sweetheart don’t spend all your time together scavenging for nuts and berries in the forest and composing poetry to one another, at some point you’re going to accrue some dating expenses.

Japanese research organization LeadingTech took a look at how much Japanese people spend on their dates, and the recently released results show a pretty big gap between men and women. Collecting data from 1,200 respondents showed that men spend and average of 6,805 yen on a date, while for women the amount is less than half of that, at 2,612 yen.

However, a closer look at the response breakdown shows that the men’s average is pumped up by some especially big spenders, as the largest group is actually guys paying somewhere in the 5,000-6,000 yen range.

Amount spent by men per date

  1. 5,000-6,000 yen (35.7 percent)
  2. 10,000-11,000 yen (22 percent)
  3. 3,000-4,000 yen (11 percent)
  4. More than 15,000 yen (7.1 percent)
  5. 2,000-3,000 yen (6.6 percent)

Women’s date spending, on the other hand, was clustered much more closely at the lower end of the spectrum, with only three percent in the 10,000-11,000 range and 0.6 percent in the over-15,000 club.

Amount spent by women per date

  1. Under 1,000 yen (25.7 percent)

  2. 3,000-4,000 yen (20 percent)

  3. 2,000-3,000 yen (18.6 percent)

  4. 5,000-6,000 yen (15.5 percent)

  5. 1,000-2,000 yen (10.5 percent)

The designation for the largest female demographic might have you wondering what sort of extra thrifty dates they’re planning. Odds are, though, that the members of that group who’re paying more than nothing but less than 1,000 yen are sharing the cost of the date with their boyfriend. As a matter of fact, that’s likely the case for almost all of the respondents, both men and women, since 81.3 percent said both they and their partner chip in, though often with the guy paying a larger proportion.

Who pays for your dates?

  1. Man pays most, but not all, of the cost a date (50.4 percent)

  2. We split the cost evenly (30.1 percent)

  3. Man pays all of the cost (17.8 percent)

  4. Woman pays all of the cost (0.9 percent)

  5. Woman pays most, but not all, of the cost (0.8 percent)

Of course, as mentioned above, there’s no price tag for romance, and part of forming a long-lasting relationship is a couple deciding how to collectively manage their spending a way that makes the two of them specifically, happy. But if you’re looking for a baseline as you enter the dating world in Japan, the survey results are a good guide to know how much cash to have on hand early on in the relationship.

Source: LeadingTech via Career Connection via Hachima Kiko

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Actually, what you should do is date feminists. We always pay for ourselves. :)

But you have a very sexist, stereotyped opinion of men. You described us as simple, two-dimensional creatures. I don’t regard myself as some sort of cartoon character.

I would date a feminist, but never I’d never date a sexist/misandrist. I deplore the idea of looking down on a gender, race etc.

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If I am pleased to date a woman. I show my gratefulness by proposing to pay, even fully.

A nice woman would at least attempt to pay her part or part of it.

Depends who decided the activities.

If the woman demands to pay fully her share, it is also not very respectful if it is the man that had made the decisions for activities.

It would seems to be the type like our famous girl in tokyo above, brainy feminist, thinking women are above men because men cannot really control themselves. She should consider meeting more men Men or women, there are like apples, some good some bad. And yes men like sex fortunately by essence but they have also have a brain like women. It is all a matter if and how you use it.

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Never - and I agree 100% that women should never expect to be paid for on dates.

I personally have found those that do expect to be treated like a woman to be much more enjoyable on dates.

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ReasonandWisdomNipponFeb. 4 10:06 pm JST

Make a profile as a woman and just wait for thousands of messages to be sent to you by men, no lifting a finger is necessary.

Well, we have to wade though pictures of mens' penises, messages that are lewd, explicit, and insulting, and messages that say "HEY BABY" and nothing else. That's actually a lot of work.

How many times have you paid for a homeless person or a stranger you barely know?? Yet men do it all the time for women!

Never - and I agree 100% that women should never expect to be paid for on dates. It's sexist to treat a man like a wallet.

Few conversations back and forth, and That's it. I pay for everything and Desert Is Not even Guaranteed Even If You Pay!!

I'm sorry to be the one to inform you, but even if you pay for a woman's dinner, you're not entitled to sex.

In fact, you are never, ever, owed sex for any reason.

If your a woman: this week you can have 3 different men buy your food and take you out to have fun, spend their money.

Yeah, no doubt some women do behave this way. If I were you, I'd make it clear before the date that you expect women to pay their fair share.

Actually, what you should do is date feminists. We always pay for ourselves. :)

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It's not what you pay but whether you close the deal.

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Tell her you'll pay for the hotel if she pays for dinner ; )

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Make a profile as a woman and just wait for thousands of messages to be sent to you by men, no lifting a finger is necessary.

How many times have you paid for a homeless person or a stranger you barely know??

Yet men do it all the time for women! Few conversations back and forth, and That's it. I pay for everything and Desert Is Not even Guaranteed Even If You Pay!!

If your a woman: this week you can have 3 different men buy your food and take you out to have fun, spend their money.

Next week, we find 3 other guys and we can repeat as many times as they want!!

No laws or rules telling women what's acceptable and what's Not. Up to them.

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I should have posted - I spent big, but...

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I never minded spending big, but only if I was truly interested and hoping for an overnight date.

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@bass

I’m pretty sure I we know what it depends on

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It depends.

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