“Weak Men & Strong Women Mean 25% Will Never Marry”

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Weak, effete men and the improved social position of women in recent years are held to be amongst the reasons that a quarter of Japanese may soon pass their entire lives without ever marrying.

The latest trend amongst unmarried Japanese is “婚活 / konkatsu”, an abbreviation formed from the words “kekkon” and “katsudou”, meaning marriage and activity respectively.

Such activities, now well in vogue, try to create opportunities for meetings between the sexes for the ever increasing population of aging and poorly connected Japanese aspiring to matrimonial bliss, as it seems many feel an overwhelming social pressure to pursue marriage, and in yet in the normal course of their lives are never to able to court potential paramours.

A recent work by a sociologist and a journalist, “Age of ‘Konkatsu’”, attempts to analyse this trend, and presents findings which may disturb those Japanese keen to pursue married life.

Until now, the proportion of people in their fifties who remain unmarried their entire lives has stood at 16% for men, and 7% for women, however this is estimated to increase to 25% never marrying as the younger non-marrying generations age.

Factors cited in this trend are increasing numbers of passive men fearful of rejection, and increasing numbers of women with greater social stature, and less time to meet potential suitors. The work is presumably too circumspect to mention the economic expectations of women as a factor.

As a result, active attempts to find a spouse are said to be essential – it is the “Age of Konkatsu,” if this research is to be believed.

Via Sankei.

Other researchers have stated that now is Japan’s last hope before an irreversible demographic death spiral grips the nation, as the few children of mostly childless couples themselves proceed to have even fewer children, who in their turn may have even fewer children…


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    Comment by kajunbowser
    15:05 23/08/2009 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    The feminization of men worldwide, this is the result.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:08 18/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    This many replies and not ONE person mentioned how hot the picture is?? For shame....

    Comment by imhgtsukishiro
    11:23 18/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    This just means they have to start getting into relationships at younger ages - most likely around during high school. AND STICK WITH IT

    Comment by John
    17:26 18/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It just means some of the women will have to suck it up and go for a less successful man or face being an old maid.
    For the men they could go for mail order brides or look for women from very poor familys for example were the family business has gone broke.

    Comment by skynet
    11:00 18/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    In 45 years either we will be immortal cyborgs, replaced by robots, dead from a nuclear war, or cloning will be legal, so I dont see any problem here.

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    Comment by Artefact

    This is actually the most insightful reply here. One of the currently extant generations will likely suffer nearly no natural mortality and will be able to work indefinitely...

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    Comment by Lazydabear
    14:12 18/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Coming from Skynet I can see that the Future I can see why there won't be any John Conners around.

    Comment by Anonymous
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    Comment by kami
    16:59 18/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    having just read battle angel alita amen to that

    Comment by mechwarrior
    08:37 18/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Us gaijin will gladly take some women for ourselves.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:48 18/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Too bad the women don't want the gaijin, eh?

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    Comment by ShadowStitch
    08:51 18/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I would totally marry the chick in OP pic.
    I wouldn't struggle or nothin'.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:15 18/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ok, you are all gays, oficially to me.

    Comment by shalala
    08:19 18/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    What about the anime and manga and figures what will happen to them.

    Comment by Urmom
    10:40 18/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's fine, there will never be a population of zero, this is just the human version of natural selection.

    45 years from now the cowardly genes that make a lot of japs pussies will have died out, and the balls of the average japanese person will be larger.

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    Comment by MelancholyMomo
    11:25 18/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    A major evolutionary change.. all within the space of 45 years ~_~...

    Well things are happening exponentially these days.

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    Comment by solace
    09:37 18/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Effete men and socially empowered women? Am I the only one who sees the solution here? With their improved social standing, women should start depending on themselves for finances, and start making moves towards the men, who will then fulfill the role of the sensitive homemaker. You can't have it both ways.

    Comment by Snot
    10:05 18/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Doesn't work that way. Women always prefer men in better economic standing. And the higher you go, the smaller the pickings.

    Sure there are relationships where this may be the case, but they are often strained, regardless of whether they are progressive or not.

    Comment by Amuris
    13:13 18/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The point being that this is a cultural and psychological standard which needs to be removed. Much of the strain is self-induced.

    Comment by gunzaku
    13:15 18/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    the women will go to prostitute shop except that the guys will be the prostitute

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:02 19/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    There are already services like this; aka host clubs.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:47 20/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I can see Japanese men willing to marry outside of race, but I don't see the women doing that, lol. What a bummer for you weeaboos.

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    Comment by Ponky14
    15:42 07/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    everybody has a bad picture of what a true man is.A real man has to be strong in both aspects emotionally and physically.they need to be their woman's support when she's feeling down not some overworking asshole.he needs to know how to do everything in case of an emergency.thats what a real man is not a chauvinist prick that only acts high and mighty a lot of men try but they never develop those qualities and thats the problem here.also there is the social problem with expectations and all of that they live a hard life but thats no excuse i hope that they grow balls and be how a man is supposed to be and that goes to all countries right now im doing the same thing trying to improve myself so I dont make the same mistakes in the future nuff said.Ponky14, hentai,yuri, and anime lover logging out

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:43 20/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why do you weeaboos think you'd have a chance of getting a Japanese spouse? Even if there were less than 100 left, they'd rather go extinct. :D

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:33 20/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why would you want to get married anyways? :|

    Comment by Artanis
    19:05 19/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Love_shyness

    I have this anxiety disorder and this story looks sort of like love-shyness on a massive scale... I would love to see what things are effective at overcoming love shyness and similar conditions like Hikikomori trends (chronic agoraphobia???)

    Comment by nope
    14:07 21/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    The guy who wrote that shit lost his job for the disturbing craziness of his study's and books.
    Odds are your a freak who will die alone I'm afraid to say and it's only gonna be your fault if you rely on that "love shy" crap(unless this is a troll in which case 11/10)

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    Comment by Metalbunny
    00:40 20/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    ohhh .....i thought it was because the men of japan are more attracted to 2d girls...but shit...megan fox is hot..

    Comment by Busy
    05:20 26/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I wonder why so many prefer having a relationship with loosers like stated on another news article it they don't want to have week ones...

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:04 14/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anyone know what that picture is from? Is it a game or image collection?

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:05 14/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'd like to know that too... :O

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:20 21/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Adoption, anyone? Doesn't hurt to save a starving kid from a third-world country, does it?

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:31 02/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Free jobs 4 me :D

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:24 19/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The Nipponese will masturbate themselves into extinction taking all of you autistic Weeabo faggots down with them in one big circle jerk of FAIL.

    Failed Limey tabloid writer Artefaggot and spoiled son of a millionaire Danny Choo (who will never reproduce either because he's too busy masturbating himself to hell and back with his creepy doll-collection) will be the master(bators) of ceremonies.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:47 19/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Weak, effete men and the improved social position of women"

    Are you really this blind to your own bullshit? The men are 'effete', but the women are merely experiencing 'improved social position'? This isn't even a logical argument, your clauses are unbalanced. So one side's abandoning masculinity and heading towards feminine behavior, and the other is....*not* becoming something resembling a man? Sorry, it doesn't work that way, and you know it. Tell it like it is: men act like kowtowing pansies, and women are abandoning all traces of femininity and assuming - what they perceive to be - male tendencies.

    Men have been conditioned to believe that gender roles are something that abusive misogynists created, and women have been taught that motherhood is a waste of their time, that being supportive and nurturing is 'weak', and that being aggressive and deceptive is some sort of virtue; both by a media who banks on insecurity to sell people crap. Having a family and staying home and rearing your children? That's total bullshit! Slaving away at some job working for a faceless company that doesn't give a shit about you while your children grow to resent you? Yeah, that's IMPROVED SOCIAL POSITION!!

    So now we have desperate, confused and guilty men believing that they have some long history of being abusers and tyrants to women (aside from the historical evidence that can refute this, let's take a quick poll: how many of you truly worship women, and know that you would never harm a hair on their head? I'm guessing most of you, because that is your natural male instinct), so the only recourse is to assume the feminine role in hopes of pleasing the opposite sex, which only infuriates the women - who genuinely just want to drop all of this anti-female bullshit and actually be *women* - further.

    In any case, listen to what you're saying, and ask yourself 1) are you being fair or biased, and 2) what do you truly want in a woman yourself. Because frankly I'm curious as to if all of these self-styled male 'feminists' actually want something that dresses like them, acts like them, argues with them over invisible perceived 'power' and demands submission from them, and if maybe those very same men wouldn't be better off with other men.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:22 26/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is the only smart comment made so far. Everyone else is just joining the hivemind.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:48 18/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    No more loli if this keeps up.

    Comment by Fonzer
    03:51 19/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    japan will be doomed without the lolis.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:54 18/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    here, this is for you Artefact
    http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/577/01/

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    Comment by Artefact

    You may wish to learn about something called "paraphrasing":

    Pope 'distorting condom science'
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7967173.stm

    But the London-based Lancet said the Pope had "publicly distorted scientific evidence to promote Catholic doctrine on this issue".

    Nowhere in the article does the phrase 'distorting condom science' occur. They paraphrased the quote so it could fit in the headline, and succinctly convey the kernel of the story.

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    Comment by Riot Gear
    18:05 18/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    So,the new people of Japan will be a colony of migrating otaku foreigners.

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    Comment by Ukonkivi
    08:12 18/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think people in Japan need to treat marriage differently.

    Weak men are great. And so are strong women.
    Now all that needs to be done is for those strong women to have a good job, ask out some men,

    But unfortunately, people still treat marriage as women staying at home raising kids and men working. There needs to be more married working women in Japan and more stay at home dads!

    And more people willing to allow for the full reversed gender roles. Richer women dating poorer men. More men staying at home and raising their wives children.

    Weak men and strong women means you've got a lot of work with, they just need to go through that home stretch and into true gender bliss. Obliviously these strong women are not quite strong enough and these passive men are not quite passive enough.
    A REAL strong women is not afraid to date a man poorer than her, is not afraid to ask a man out for a date or even pop the question.

    A REAL "weak" man, is strong enough to not be afraid to date a woman with much more wealth than him. Is not afraid of a romantically assertive woman. Unless she's a stalker or something wrong. Is not afraid of being jobless or raising kids.

    Japan, I applaud you for your strong women and weak men. But you have much further to go if you are in order to fix this problem.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:29 18/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think one of the issue preventing women from working after marriage is the lack of support. You pretty much have to take a long break or resign from your work. Most companies frown on maternity leave, let alone being understanding about leaving early or for emergencies. Childcare is also scarce and expensive. So people might get married but having kids is another hurdle to cross (and therefore most don't get married because you don't have to get married to stay together. And if you get married, you are expected to have kids soon, so people only do when they can and are ready).

    But yeah, it isn't just one problem, Japan has many problems that needs to be overcome for many, many reasons.

    Comment by SilverTide
    19:36 18/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    One problem is biology. Women are biologically hypergamous, which means that they are sexually attracted to men of higher status than themselves. If a woman is already at the top of her field her pool of attractive males is quite small. I don't often see women in high positions going after the starving male artist.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:17 18/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    OMG

    ITS GUNNA BE LIKE GUILTY GEAR AGAIN!

    WHERE THE JAPANESE ARE AN ENDANGERED SPECIES!

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:19 18/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    it will be guilty gear all over again

    argh

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:35 19/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I want a weak man for me !!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:09 18/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    a combination of long demanding work hours, high living cost, limited living space, high parental expectation, conservative social expectation and overtly demanding women. OK, who really didn't see this one coming?

    Comment by Chris
    07:32 18/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The same trend is happening in North America. IIRC, marriage rates are at an all time low in the US.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:14 18/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Bwahahaha all your old virgins belong to me!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:45 18/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Does that mean, you want Agnes Chan?

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:50 18/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    She's not japanese. Fuck you anon.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:01 18/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    He didn't specify, and I was just asking.
    No need to get your panties in a twist.

    :D

    Comment by Chris
    07:33 18/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Agnes Chan was an idol... somehow I don't believe she's a virgin

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:22 18/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Eh, she gives off the old frigid spinster vibe.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:22 18/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    http://questing.wordpress.com/2006/12/25/agnes-chan/

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:48 18/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    She is married to a Japanese and has kids...







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