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Given Japan's birth rate and its subculture of virgin otaku who have no idea how to relate to a woman who doesn't look like an anime Waifu, it may not be entirely clear that this is a wise rule.
by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Sun Jan 28th, 2018 at 09:49:56 PM EST
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The Herbivore's Dilemma
grass-eating men are alarming because they are the nexus between two of the biggest challenges facing Japanese society: the declining birth rate and anemic consumption. Herbivores represent an unspoken rebellion against many of the masculine, materialist values associated with Japan's 1980s bubble economy. Media Shakers, a consulting company [...] estimates that 60 percent of men in their early 20s and at least 42 percent of men aged 23 to 34 consider themselves grass-eating men. Partner Agent, a Japanese dating agency, found in a survey that 61 percent of unmarried men in their 30s identified themselves as herbivores. Of the 1,000 single men in their 20s and 30s polled by Lifenet, a Japanese life-insurance company, 75 percent described themselves as grass-eating men.

Japanese companies are worried that herbivorous boys aren't the status-conscious consumers their parents once were.

At least gaijin loosers are more responsive, or appealing.

Yeah, living in Japan long-term is like living at mom's house, or better, mom's basement. I am in Japan for three weeks after an 8-year absence and I am taking a hard look at the male gaijins who came over on my wave (very late 1980's - very early 1990's) and are still here. They have all made good lives for themselves and seem happy enough. Not everybody can be a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, or even a dentist or lawyer. But down to the person, and there is no exception for a long-term MALE gaijin in Japan, they are ALL low-testosterone underachievers. After 15 years in Japan, I saw it happening to me - and I got the hell out. Had I not, I'd be just like them today. That is what playing the gaijin-game will do to you.

Another tangent:

Japan court rules father legally responsible for secret IVF child

A Japanese court has ruled a father legally responsible for a child who was born after his ex-partner impregnated herself with a frozen embryo without his knowledge.
by das monde on Mon Jan 29th, 2018 at 03:22:51 AM EST
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