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Why are there fewer international marriages in Japan these days? Simon and Martina dig deep and find out!
24 Jan 2017 - 1:04 PM  UPDATED 24 Jan 2017 - 1:12 PM

Each week, the Eat Your Kimchi duo chat about all the fascinating things to see, delicious food to eat, and the rich culture present in Japan. However, this week sees Simon and Martina tackle a bit of a bigger issue outside of delicious sushi and tourist hotspots - why are international marriages on the decline in Japan?

Having recently read an article about marriages in Japan, the duo discovered that international marriages in Japan have dropped from 6% of all marriages to just 3.3% in a decade. For Simon, this seems like a bit of an anomaly as the world is becoming multicultural and more international tourists are visiting Japan every year. This suggests to Simon that Japan is becoming less friendly to foreigners, and thus attributing to the decline of international marriages.

For Martina though, she thinks these statistics are misleading and not entirely accurate due to the omission of data for certain contexts, such as the decline of foreigners moving to Japan and the number of Japanese people leaving the country and getting married elsewhere. Martina also throws in the possibility that the financial status of foreigners plays a major part in international marriages, and due to the financial downtown over the past decade, perhaps marrying a foreigner is no longer as financially stable and viable as it once was.

Ultimately, the pair agree that this international marriage statistic is flawed as it crucially doesn't take into account various factors, such as omitting related relationship statistics and the overall decline of all marriages. 

What are your thoughts on Japan's declining number of international marriages?

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