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Why are young Japanese people rejecting marriage? | Asia | An in-depth look at news from across the continent | DW


At 37 years old, Sho says he is content. He has a job that pays enough for him to get by comfortably, he has friends whom he sees regularly, a range of hobbies and the time to enjoy them. The one thing he does not have is a wife, and that is just fine by him. 

A report released this month by the Japanese government indicates that Sho is one of a growing number of people in their 30’s who have never been married and have no intention of tying the knot. And that is a serious cause for concern in a nation that is already experiencing a rapidly aging and contracting population. 

According to the Cabinet Office’s 2022 gender report, 25.4% of women in their 30’s and 26.5% of men in the same age group say they do not want to get married. Slightly more than 19% of men in their 20’s and…



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