Marriages have hit a record post-war low, with only 653,740 tying the knot last year, according to recent government figures, while average marrying ages have increased to 31 for men and 29 for women.• Rise of Japan's middle-aged virgins Rising childcare costs and economic instability combined with a decline in the number of young women have contributed to a falling fertility rate (dropping to a figure of 1.4 babies over the lifetime of the average woman, well below the "rate of replacement".) As a result, the government and private companies are investing in initiatives such as matchmaking parties to encourage younger generations to marry and have babies.
Her job is also very important since, without it, we couldn’t pay our bills and enjoy all the delights of modern life, like one day off a week.
“It’s the first time I’ve been to something like this but I am looking for someone who is focused on a vocation.” Referring to low marriage rates, he added: “I think there’s too much technology. People think real-life things, like getting married, are too much hard work.” Not so lucky – and perhaps a more typical representative of the nationwide demographic - was a downcast Ichiro Sato, a 40-year-old healthcare sales worker from Mitsuke, Niigata. About 60 per cent of my colleagues at work are also single. “Women also seem to be happy single and are in no hurry to marry.
• Japan closes famous hot spring due to 'orgies' Perhaps only half-joking that he’d been looking for a wife “all my life”, he said: “I came today as I was curious about meeting nuns and temple life.
Here are the top five reasons I enjoy being married to a non-Buddhist: 1.
She’s on the outside If I were hitched to a fellow Buddhist, we’d both be trapped in the same bubble.