I found this story while looking for news on the quake I didn't know about that happened in Hiroshima a few days ago.
I never know how much to read into these kinds of stories. Although this story is true, the question is is it the norm. My impression is that in this area Japan is in the late 1970s when compared to the U.S.
There are still very strong role ideas for men and women even from the young women they can't quite *escape* the influences of their culture I think.