A 1999 survey made by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare* found that 66.9% of all households in Japan had one or more rooms for children. At the peak of Japan's economic growth in the 1960s, children's rooms became increasingly common as the numbers of young people matriculating to high school and college increased. More recently, there has been some criticism that private rooms for children inhibit good communication within the family, but equally insistent are those who claim giving children their own room helps develop their independence. A 1999 study made by the Anabuki Construction Company found that 98 percent of Japanese parents believe their children should have their own rooms. Rather than a separate, isolated room, however, the more popular style is a room that can only be reached by passing through the living room where all the family gathers.
*Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, "1999 National Survey of Children's Households"