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Friday, September 22, 2006

Prince charming

Robbing the cradle is all the rage in Japan these days. OK, I'm exaggerating a little. But I read an interesting article today describing the latest social trend in Japan: older women marrying younger men.

I was surprised to learn that in more than a third of weddings in Japan, the women is older than the man. But I guess this news shouldn't be too shocking. Over the years, women in Japan have become more financially independent and have moved away from the traditional role of homemaker - and younger men are often more likely to be accepting and encouraging of this progression.

The average age of marriage for a women in Japan is now close to 30 - and more than a third of women in their early 30's are still single. That sure says a lot about how the priorities of Japanese women have changed!

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