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11:42 am - 11/09/2012

1 in 3 young men feel they can't marry



One out of three Japanese men in their 20s think they may not be able to marry, despite their wish to do so, with about 60 percent citing economic insecurity as the main reason, a life insurance company survey has revealed.

 
The survey, conducted by Tokyo-based Lifenet Insurance Co., also showed many respondents are willing to take an active role in child-rearing.
 
A better economy may encourage more people to get married, thereby helping increase the number of children in the nation, company officials said.
 
The poll was conducted on the Internet in September covering 450 men in their 20s.
 
Asked whether they think they can marry, only 27.8 percent said they want to marry and can, while 35.3 percent said they do not want to marry.
 
The proportion of respondents who fear being unable to marry despite a desire to do so came to 36.9 percent. Topping the reasons for this was economic insecurity, cited by 60.8 percent, compared with 48.2 percent who said they are not popular with women.
 
The survey also showed that 87.8 percent of all respondents want to actively engage in child-rearing. But 74.9 percent said they are concerned about whether they can earn enough to cover financial costs such as education for their children as well as living expenses.
 
A total of 82.4 percent feel insecure about their future, but 89.6 percent said they are not taking specific steps such as saving money to ease their anxieties.


SOURCE: Daily Yomiuri
haruno21 9th-Nov-2012 04:05 am (UTC)
I feel the same way ╮(╯▽╰)╭

I´m not sure I want tho
nemuyoake 9th-Nov-2012 04:39 am (UTC)
''48.2 percent who said they are not popular with women.''

What does it mean, ''being popular'' ? Having a new girlfriend every new month ? They don't need to be popular to get married. It's ok to be single too, they don't need to have a girlfriend all the time (or even never, it's up to them, but it seems that they want to have one but they can't (?)).
asaphira_sachi 9th-Nov-2012 04:51 am (UTC)
I think they mean the general women population don't find them attractive or appealing enough to want to be their girlfriends (in their minds).

Edited at 2012-11-09 04:53 am (UTC)
nemuyoake 9th-Nov-2012 07:28 am (UTC)
In their minds, that's for sure. I don't understand why they have no confidence. I mean, we all know people who have no confidence and think they can't find a GF/BF because of their looks, but nearly half of the male population in a country ?!

Edited at 2012-11-09 07:29 am (UTC)
asaphira_sachi 9th-Nov-2012 08:36 am (UTC)
Japan culture is really all about conformity, so it's no surprise that they would lack confidence just from not being "conventionally" good-looking. And I think the article only means "half" of the participants of this survey, definitely not population of the whole country. Nonetheless, it can be telltale-ing.

Edited at 2012-11-09 08:41 am (UTC)
45s 9th-Nov-2012 06:55 pm (UTC)
there's a long answer for this but I'd rather type it on a computer. tldr but a lot of Asian men are feeling this pinch bc of their media bombarding them with western coated hyper masculinity. </p>

arama posted that article on Japanese women flocking to western (read: white) men and these conflicting feelings of inadequacy. global perceptions and depictions of masculinity are and have been slowly becoming more uniform and western and most doods who can't live up to them get left behind.

then again these doods could just be jerks or creeps but yeah that percentage is high

asaphira_sachi 9th-Nov-2012 04:56 am (UTC)
Finance reasons would definitely be a turn-off :/
rosemaine 9th-Nov-2012 08:50 am (UTC)
I agree, although other reasons are important too but still, this. :/
very_pinku 9th-Nov-2012 06:54 am (UTC)
Maybe they should think that there should be more participatory ways where women are able to be the breadwinners in the relationship as well.
Men shouldn't be the one to feel obligated to carry all the financial burden.
nemuyoake 9th-Nov-2012 07:38 am (UTC)
But when I watch TV documentaries, I see males who want a spouse who is good at cooking, doing the chores... Men don't want to get married with women who are bad at these (and for some of these men, even if the spouse is good-looking it's not enough (that's what they say)). Men aren't against their spouses working, but a spouse has to do the chores and cooking etc no matter what. Today, there was a guy on the TV who said he won't marry his GF until she become good at cooking and doing all the chores.
kazu_kumaguro 9th-Nov-2012 11:31 am (UTC)
those guys deserve not to get married tbh
asth77 9th-Nov-2012 07:51 am (UTC)
Japanese gov needs to do something about this.
Educate men for example. That could solve a few more pbùs arount marriages in Japan, and of course birth rate...
nienientje 9th-Nov-2012 09:44 pm (UTC)
LOL I was just watching the drama Kekkon Shinai moments ago and now I find this article on Arama. :P
stole_away 10th-Nov-2012 01:36 pm (UTC)
finance reasons... sigh
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