Singleness on the Rise in Japan

Single in Japan

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I’ve been hearing a lot lately about the increase in people deciding on staying single in Japan. With Japan’s single occupant households exceeding 30% recently and the average family unit of 2.46 members is the smallest it’s ever been, it looks like this trend is becoming more and more popular.

Since marriage and having children used to be such a big part of the Japanese culture, I wondered why such a change?

BBC has put together a short article on this shift in trend called Japan singletons hit record high. It’s well worth a read.

Record numbers of young Japanese do not have boyfriends or girlfriends, and many do not want one, according to a survey by the country’s government.

And here’s a much longer article in the Economist about how Asia in general is changing.

Whatever the problem, it is not confined to Japan. Illyqueen, a popular Taiwanese blogger, recently ranted about “Mama’s boys” in their 30s who have had “no hardships, no housework, [and who] …have lost the ability to keep promises (like marriage).” If some Asian women do indeed have an unusually negative view of marriage, it might make them more likely to choose a job over a husband, or to put off marriage while they pursue a career.

Image from The Economist

What’s your opinion on why the youth of Japan are staying single?

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