Young Japanese singles list organizations they’d most like a potential date to work for

By Casey Baseel, RocketNews24

Compared to social norms in the West, Japanese courtship can often seem rather indirect. However, at times Japan can be very forthright in searching for companionship, particularly with the practice of "gokon," matchmaking parties in which an equal number of unattached men and women share a meal and see if there’s any potential for romantic connections.

Recently, Japanese credit management company Risk Monster conducted a poll of 800 single Japanese men and women between the ages of 20 and 39, asking them which places of employment they’d like to participate in a "gokon" with workers from. We’re not sure exactly why a credit management company went to the trouble of performing this research, but let’s dive into the top 10 responses anyway.

9 (tie). Mitsubishi Tokyo UFJ Bank ( selected by 3.1 percent of respondents) 9 (tie). Amazon (3.1 percent)

Things start off with an interesting contrast, with one of the most traditional business sectors, banking, splitting the number-nine spot with online retailing, one of the newest.

  1. Japan Airlines (4 percent)

Japan has always held companies with a major overseas presence in high regard, and it’s hard to get much more multinational in operations than an airline that flies international routes. Japanese men’s fondness for cabin attendant uniforms probably also secured a few votes for Japan Airlines.

6 (tie). Google (4.1 percent) 6 (tie). Apple (4.1 percent)

  1. Toyota (4.8 percent)

Toyota may not have the flashiest or most exciting lineup of cars, but it’s remained an immensely successful company during a period in which many other Japanese automakers have had to be saved by outside investment.

3 (tie). Local civil servant (5.1 percent) 3 (tie). All Nippon Airways (5.1 percent)

  1. Nintendo (5.9 percent)

While Nintendo may not be every gamer’s company of choice, the Kyoto-based company enjoys a sterling reputation, among the general public, as an innovative, creative, and, once again, internationally successful business entity.

  1. National civil servant (7.8 percent)

In some countries, certain people may look down on government employment as the refuge of those who couldn’t hack it in the business world. That’s definitely not the case in Japan, though.

Yes, government work doesn’t have the same top-end earning potential as the highest-flying private sector jobs, but the pay for most posts is generally considered to be at least competitive. What’s more important, though, in the eyes of many Japanese people, is the unrivaled stability civil service jobs afford, as government cutbacks are few and far between in Japan.

As a result, government jobs in Japan often attract the country’s best and brightest, and that assumed combination of intelligence, energy, and financial security makes civil servants extremely eligible bachelors and bachelorettes. That’s especially true for the bachelors, as 17.8 percent of the women polled gave either local or national civil servant as their response.

Source: Risk Monster

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And what exactly is wrong with dreaming ?

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Stability seeking people, a.k.a. boring people whose stories read like a wall with drying paint.

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I wish my Japanese girlfriends had been more interested someone with a stable government job... not J Gov though tee hee

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THIS is PRECISELY why the Japanese Birth Rate is an all time HISTORICAL Low.

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Yeah, and my question is, before thinking about where your potential partner is working, where do YOU yourself work? I'm getting so sick and tired of people with all these requests and yet never think 'what can I offer?'.

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I've always believed it doesn't matter what a person does for a living, as long as they're happy with it and it's legal. Putting earning power before love gets nothing but eventual animosity and divorce. And yes, @MatthewStennett, that's a major factor in the lousy Japanese birth rate. But, you know something? It's the same in other countries, too. We've become too consumed by consumerism. I'd start a list in that respect with cell phones, but I'd be called a techno-dinosaur if I did that.

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Pukey2, very right. Lazy Japanese to wish high standards for their hypothetical partner and propose nothing personal in return: only in dream This is having a sad end currently for the country: suicides, continuous raise in divorce rate, scary demography to say the least. I tried to open many Japanese eyes (sorry can't go into details) but it seems most of them are definitively brain dead.

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