“What’s Indispensable to a Japanese Marriage?” “Money”


Japanese seem to overwhelmingly agree that the most important thing in a marriage (leaving aside the insignificant matter of “love”) is that their partner has lots of cash.

The ranking, which, it should be noted, carefully dodged the question of where “love” would end up in the list by phrasing the question “Other than love, what is indispensable to a marriage?”

1. Your partner’s economic power (10883)

2. An impetus (6059)

3. Your own economic power (2939)

4. A proposal (2157)

5. A long period of dating (822)

6. Haste brought on by age (507)

7. Fear of becoming stuck in a rut (464)

8. Pressure from others (306)

Japanese marriage at times appears more akin to a wasp seeking out a juicy caterpillar in which to lay her eggs than any sort of romantic (or even economic) partnership.

Little wonder marriage rates are so low, with women demanding high salaries of their prospective husbands and men finding wages and job security significantly lower than in previous generations.

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    Avatar of YakomoFujikawa
    Comment by YakomoFujikawa
    15:54 08/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    It really depends on who you marry. Some women will work and help keep the money together, while others laze around, do nothing, and want the world in a bottle at your expense. I personally, would rather stay single and die single if love means I have to submit to some bitch who wants everything from me in a silver platter.

    Avatar of King Tiger
    Comment by King Tiger
    20:51 08/12/2010 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    spoken like a real man Yakomo :)

    Avatar of Saber
    Comment by Saber
    02:42 09/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.4)

    I agree Its better to be single than to bein a bad relationship.

    Avatar of alex251
    Comment by alex251
    21:07 08/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Some (a few) women will work and help keep the money together, while others (most) laze around, do nothing

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:02 08/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Some will just keep the money.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:31 09/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    with a women like that there is no love

    Comment by Anonymous

    Women who want to work is almost as bad as woman who laze around. My girlfriend makes 1/2 my salary. Her time and effort would be best utilized cooking, cleaning, and shopping, instead of bringing home a measly salary of which we spend half eating take-out and shopping in convenience stores.

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    Comment by yaku
    15:29 08/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    While greedy women who want to laze around the house should gtfo, a solid or stable economic state is important for a marriage; ideally from both sides. That is a truth nobody can deny; it goes beyond pure greed, but actually supporting each other to live comfortably.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:36 08/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    yeah and when times get tough you cut and run...

    sry... no.

    Avatar of Renzo
    Comment by Renzo
    15:25 08/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    You can't afford your life with only a meager of salary, not enough with a wife + children ( plus Doujinshi and Anime-related stuffs around +_+ )

    Avatar of Abel Liegod
    Comment by Abel Liegod
    15:26 08/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    "Japanese seem to overwhelmingly agree that the most important thing in a marriage is that their partner has lots of cash."

    Not just japaneses my good sir, oh no no.

    Avatar of Diemeow23
    Comment by Diemeow23
    19:01 08/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    This is life unfortunately, 3D life to be precise

    And my mission is to seek the legendary gate of 2D a world where you fall off a building and all you'll need are bandages

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:29 08/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    and whens yous finds it take me with yous!!!

    Avatar of Renzo
    Comment by Renzo
    15:34 08/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Yeah, it speaks the truth as we are now
    Not only in Japan, but everywhere in the modern world needs 'MONEY'
    So, what should we do to afford the MONEY ?

    Avatar of HouseLife
    Comment by HouseLife
    16:30 08/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Well, China may have the money, but that's because you're trading your health for the money. You may get your money, but expect your baby born with at least two diseases and perhaps a mutant arm.

    Avatar of HouseLife
    Comment by HouseLife
    17:18 08/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I said a mutant arm... not a chin fist.

    Avatar of alidan
    Comment by alidan
    17:18 08/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    hell yea, maybe in my life time a monster girl will be of age to have sex and just be attracted enough to me to fuck.

    its not much, but its the only prospect of a mutant being born that keeps me form offing myself sometimes.

    Avatar of Yoshii-kun
    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    19:03 08/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    You are what you eat, so they're practically mutants if you consider some of those sorry-excuse-for-a-meal consumed by the population.

    Of course, you can't base an entire nation's diet on one incident, but (if) it's been happening across multiple provinces and isolated areas with (god knows) how many bowls of wastes consumed, the next generations look very bleak.

    The fact they're still walking around and not in ICU or treated for an unknown disease (or at the morgue), they're either a medical miracle or were witnessing evolution in a sad way....

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:12 08/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Move to China. They're the new economic power. You didn't think they would be to people that just made cheap stuff forever did you?

    Avatar of Hatsune Miku
    Comment by Hatsune Miku
    01:09 09/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, China is developing really fast. Especially its economy and its military force. But I wouldn't go that far to say that they GOT the money, the society still have more poor people compared to the rest of the world. But, in the future, they will become more powerful.

    And this is the reason why that war might occur in the near future, we can't say.

    Avatar of toyNN
    Comment by toyNN
    06:56 09/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sex must not be a big part of Marriage with Impotence #2

    Avatar of alidan
    Comment by alidan
    19:14 10/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    eight legged could turn out to be a spider girl.

    those mutant people may one day develop in a way where the 4 arms or multiple legs are normal.

    Avatar of Sandalphon
    Comment by Sandalphon
    15:49 12/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "...China may have the money..."

    China's average income per capita is still lower than Latin America's. I'm sure some places in China [Hong Kong. Shanghai] fare better on that scale, but in general, chinese people are still poor.

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    Comment by VVayfarer
    05:06 10/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    So you meant "mutant" in a good way, instead of something like the eight-legged girl in India...

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:59 09/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)


    What's wrong with getting a whore? Beats having sex with a less-than-average girl.

    Avatar of alidan
    Comment by alidan
    08:49 09/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)


    i want you to google monster girl and look at the images, any you will have a better understanding of what i said.

    a whore is still a normal human

    Avatar of Renzo
    Comment by Renzo
    17:22 08/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah, Fallout dude, and the mutant @New Vegas Rules ;p

    Comment by Anonymous

    Really, who doesn't want to be Chuck Norris?

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:38 08/12/2010 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    IMO, I think having a mutant arm would be pretty awesome. Just not the diseases too.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:38 08/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Money is important for any marriage, but it doesn't mean the man should bring the cash and the female watch the TV.

    I mean, I could even accept such a relationship, but she would have to be hot(ter than the average) and I would be very bossy about stuff.

    Then again, it's better to be poor and have love isn't it. I like my girlfriend, especially because we're both simple people.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:30 08/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)


    So true so true. We're poor as shit but my girl and I have been together for 11 years now. As long as you love each other, everything else works itself out.

    That being said, we like to spend our extra money on games, manga, anime, movies. When you have love AND shared interests, can't beat it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:25 08/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    marriage is about teamwork for a common goal.

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    Comment by vanchrian
    15:47 08/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    If that's true, then she's a gem. Don't lose her.

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    19:07 08/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    You guys are a beacon of hope.

    I hope you won't lose each other cuz it sounds like you've really managed a real find that money will never compensate for.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:02 09/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Interests change; love has to be renewed once every few months or else it'll disappear without exceptions. This is pure biology.

    If you're extremely lucky or work very hard for it, you might have a happy relationship until the end. Just don't count on it - relationships tend to involve a lot of chaotic variables, many of which you can't affect.

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    Comment by Sandalphon
    16:09 12/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "...love has to be renewed once every few months or else it'll disappear without exceptions. This is pure biology..."

    You are mistaking 'Love' with 'Romance'. Romantic feelings are the ones that vanish eventually, and they can last between a few days to some years, but the chemical component in the brain always fades away.

    However, after romance fades the next strongest feeling is an attachment from learning to spend your life together with another person, similar to fraternal love which is different from romance, because it doesn't matter how much time goes by, losing a parent, sibling or son/daughter always hurts like all hells.

    Fraternal Love is what long marriages live from.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:22 08/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    one aspect of true love is both have something in common.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:12 08/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Don't japanese women have like half the average salary of men? Could explain quite a bit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:04 09/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    It's the other way around - they work on their salary because they plan on leeching off their boyfriends. In general, that is.

    Avatar of King Tiger
    Comment by King Tiger
    16:46 08/12/2010 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    "1. Your partner’s economic power (10883)"

    when your homeland's economy has been lagging for the past 20+ years this doesn't come as a shock being wealthy becomes the "it" thing or w/e you calls it

    Avatar of BlaqCat
    Comment by BlaqCat
    03:06 09/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I suppose that's certainly true. I know I, for one, could not afford both kids and anime/manga/games. In need of more money for sure.

    Avatar of alex251
    Comment by alex251
    17:03 08/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    2D is cheaper...

    Comment by Anonymous

    it depends... does she have a hug pillow?

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:09 08/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    marriage is obsolete.

    Avatar of Kitsunemimi6
    Comment by Kitsunemimi6
    20:38 08/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)


    Comment by Anonymous

    true that,

    I keep changing from one imoto to another too often to be able to commit myself to one. There is always another imoto waiting to come out that I would like to marry

    Avatar of ItsDemo
    Comment by ItsDemo
    17:27 08/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    alright, who saw this coming.

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    Comment by PrinceHeir
    16:07 08/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    i think if both partners are in a more stable economy and are really working hard they shouldn't have any problems in their relationship, however since times are constantly changing finding a really good job is hard nowadays not to mention japan at it's current state are having economic problems.

    solution? stick to you 2D's as much as possible but then again real love beats any 2D as much as i hate to say it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:18 09/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    no sir, you got it wrong.
    2d > 3d.
    even most of (japanese) women already acknowledged that.
    unless you're talking about uber-hot pornstars/models, then -maybe- I'd agree.

    Comment by Anonymous

    yeah but 2d doesn't age and aging changes things

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:08 09/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    That's a given. But weak people are afraid of dying alone, hence the down-votes.

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