Japenese dating and marriage
This rather high age of marriage is not expected to drop in the near future.
Traditionally, Japanese women were supposed to get married between 23 and 25.
According to a 2005 survey by the National Institute of Population, 87 to 90 percent of men and women between 18 and 34 said they want to get married someday, with many of those who were single saying they were single because they hadn’t found the right partner. and Tsuguo Shimazaki wrote in the Encyclopedia of Sexuality: Traditionally Japanese married by age 25, but this expectation is clearly waning.
Only one in five wanted to marry soon.[Source: Yoshiro Hatano, Ph. and Tsuguo Shimazaki, Encyclopedia of Sexuality, 1997 hu-berlin.de/sexology ] “ Japan has consistently maintained one of the world’s lowest incidence of out-of-wedlock births, well below 5 percent (Lewin 1995).
A 1995 study by the Population Council, an international nonprofit New York-based group, reported that only 1.1 percent of Japanese births are to unwed mothers, a figure that has been virtually unchanged for twenty-five years.
Later when the man's mother considered herself no longer able to do her household chores by herself she asked her son's "wife" to move in.
This occasion was often accompanied by a small party to introduce her to the neighbors.
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A 2011 survey by the National Institute of Population and Social Security Research of couples who married during the five years before the survey found husbands met their wives for the first time at the age of 25.6 on average, up from 25.3 in the previous survey, and wives met their husbands for the first time at age 24.3, up from 23.7.