A male-female imbalance of 70 million has upset big parts of society in the two countries, and the problem probably won’t improve for a long time.
In a country where the birthrate is dropping at an alarming pace, and adult incontinence garments outsell baby diapers, much of the population under 30 simply can't be bothered with sex or relationships. In fact, many Japanese haven't even dated by the time they ring in their third decade.
According to Lisa Arnold and Christina Campbell, singles can pay as much as $1 million more over a lifetime than those who are married, simply because of their marital status.
A California appeals court has decided that an 18-year-old woman technically wasn't raped by a man who had sex with her while she was asleep because he was pretending to be her boyfriend. But if the woman had been married and the man had been impersonating her husband? The court acknowledged the outcome would have been different.
According to Fox News, married women have more responsibility and are more concerned about the future of this country than single women, who care only about abortion and free birth control. Cue "The Daily Show" host!
Read around the cliches about single women and cats etc. and find in this NYT story an interesting window into how shifting social values and socioeconomic stratification contribute to a marriage "happiness gap" for many Americans without college educations.
The facts are these: Singles are the fastest-growing demographic group in the U.S., and marital status is not a determinant of happiness. Psychology Today magazine examines these findings and says singlehood is rapidly becoming "a satisfying destination rather than an anxiety-ridden way station." (Reg. req'd for Psy. Today.) Check out the Salon summary and analysis for more.