A Japanese government survey shows that one out of four women and one out of five men have experienced domestic violence by their spouses.
The Cabinet Office conducted the survey on domestic violence and sexual assault in November and December, covering 5,000 men and women aged 20 or older. 3,438 of them responded.
The office asked 2,591 people who were or have been married if they had suffered domestic violence by their partners.
The survey found that 25.9 percent of women and 18.4 percent of men said they had once or twice, or many times.
Among those who have suffered domestic violence, 41.6 percent of women and 57.1 percent of men said they had not consulted anyone about their experiences.
About 18 percent of the women said they felt their lives were in danger.
Officials at the Cabinet Office say the continued high figures show the need to set up a system that makes it possible to easily seek consultation services.