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Do you think marriage will continue to be a key social institution in the future?

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It certainly will in Japan and the rest of Asia, not to mention the Middle East and Africa.

10 ( +10 / -0 )

Marriage won't last long as a traditional style. In Japan, young couples are likely to spend less for their wedding ceremony and honeymoon trip. Common-law marriage or registered couples will gain social recognition and equal status to legal marriage.

Their backgrounds are becoming more diverse as international and cross-generational marriages are not unusual. Divorce and remarriage are also common, and family members are diverse and realigned accordingly.

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I second JeffLee, it will continue to be so in this part of the world. I'm Asian and I can tell you that people place a heavy premium on tying the knot as opposed to western countries (I've lived in North America and I can say that they look at marriage differently). Asia and Africa, and you can probably include South America as well, are more conservative and tend to generally maintain their old-fashion values, hence such traditional practices will remain unchallenged.

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I've lived in North America and I can say that they look at marriage differently

You didn’t elaborate.

I an a North American of mixed European descen. Before I espoused his daughter, my future Japanese father-in-law explained to me that I was marrying into his family, not just wedding his daughter.

My father said the same thing. He and my father-in-law, an American and a Japanese respectively, were of the same “greatest generation” stuff and shared a lot of values.

THAT, I believe is the tradition that’s important. It maintains the link between generations and is much more conducive to prosperity and well-being than “fluid” relationships that dissolve in a heavy rain.

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yes sure.any doubts anyone?

0 ( +3 / -3 )

Yes, it will and between men and women.

2 ( +11 / -9 )

Some people yes some people no.

Its importance will continue to dwindle in the future.

-6 ( +4 / -10 )

"A" key, yes, but not "the" key when thinking of the future and family for many. The definition of marriage will loosen to be more inclusive, or it will cease to be important. And for many, it will indeed cease to be important. You can have pretty much all the good parts of a "marriage" without the legal mess and bureaucracy, and many feel you don't need a formal city contract to express your love.

-2 ( +3 / -5 )

One of the reasons we’re being asked this question is because people confuse love, friendship and respect with human nature. If you ask someone to stay with the same person for the rest of his/her life, you’re going against his/her nature. Sexually speaking, that is. :) Not even all the romantics can deny that.

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It will probably not. But regardless, I hope more countries will adopt the simple forms for marriage and divorce Japan has, basically one piece of paper you or a proxy submits to the city office. A divorce is a bureaucratic nightmare in Europe.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Yeah - link to traditions, custom, even if reimaginedand even if the so-called institution becomes downplayed.

Then there are also attitudes, policies, processes and rules of that more tangible institution called government.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

You can just look at marriage rates and see where this is headed. A minority will marry in the future. Hopefully more appropriate means such as civil unions and simply living together as partners will provide better options.

Reckless buddy here with his idea of marriage… :)

0 ( +0 / -0 )

It should be, provided it is between a man and a woman.

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

With the change from what's tradition to what's fashionable, marriage will not be a key social institution in the future.

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

This is one of the reasons I felt that the obsession with gay marriage among LGBTQ NGOs was a bit extreme, because it pales in comparison to so many other LGBTQ rights that have not even been enacted in Europe or the US.

While it is a symbolic institution in the West, marriage is still a very cultural concept and has different meanings in different parts of the world and in different religions. Marriage in Buddhism is secular and the philosophy has nothing to say on marriage.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

In many middle eastern counties its a financial contract to keep money within the family. Several states have 60% plus marriages within first cousins. This will likely continue.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

It seems my yes or no should come with bigotry attached.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

It's a money-saving scheme. Marriage is an overrated social institution.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Marriage will continue world-wide. It has to being the basis of families, children and the national population. But, as we have already seen more and more variations will become accepted. And that will vary depending on the country.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Oh definitely as a key institution. The bigger questions I have are whether the trends of marrying later and the increasing % of never married/don't want to be married will continue and at what velocity.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Marriage has long been a source of money (dowry). So it will continue until dowry are made illegal

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Only if men like to be enslaved to gold digging broads as has been the history then yes.

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....and then of course there's divorce.... many people who do the done thing (marry), then get divorced at some stage. I imagine that trend will increase. I'm 75, so of an era with a different mindset (in general, not necessarily mine).... most people I have known, got married, but I know hardly anyone who has stayed married. those relationships that have lasted, are those between people who didn't marry, and have stayed together because of the way they feel about one another......

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