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It's a battle between cost and culture.
Sarah Norton

29 Apr 2016 - 2:31 PM  UPDATED 29 Apr 2016 - 2:31 PM

Young Japanese singles are turning away from marriage traditions with a high percentage not even sure they want to get married at all. Young Australians feel the same.

The Japanese population is becoming more skeptical about marriage with recent findings showing that many singles may be averse to the traditional wedding or weddings entirely.

Rocket News 24 reports that a new study shows one-third of university students, out of 400 men and women interviewed in Japan, have no desire to wed in the future.

The news site says that less income means there is less desire to spend money on major life events, such as weddings.

The study shows that 67 per cent of students don't want to get married. For those who do want to get married, nearly 54 per cent say they don’t want to have a wedding ceremony.

Japanese wedding ceremonies called Shinto Weddings were popular a generation ago in Japan. They are based on the ceremony that Crown Prince Yoshihito and Princess Sado had in 1900. The weddings are small, usually only involving the couple, their family and close friends. Traditionally the bride wears a kimono.

Shinto weddings are much rarer in Japan now, with many young couples choosing a western influenced ceremony – if a ceremony at all.

Australia is no different. According to Money Smart the average Australian wedding costs $36, 200. That’s a-lotta-dollar. If Japan is adopting the western wedding then their marriage bill is probably close in cost. In our ever-expensive world it can be too much for many.

Young Australian’s are moving away from marriage and marriage traditions too. In the RSVP Date of Nation Report 2015,  28 per cent of Australians say they’re not sure if they ever want to get married. Less than 50 per cent say they want to spend their life with ‘the one’ and 37 per cent say they’d be happy to have a child outside of wedlock.

In Japan, it’s not just about breaking down marriage traditions either. The same study asked people over 40 years of age about whether they wanted a funeral when they died, and 33 per cent said they didn’t. Only 12 per cent gave a definite yes.

Rocket News 24 says, “according to both studies, money was by far the biggest factor behind most respondents’ answers.”

It’s a divide between cost and culture. What will happen in generations to come in both Japan and Australia is unknown. We need to look at more cost effective options perhaps – for weddings and funerals – to keep traditions alive and money in the bank.

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