Japan has a long history of arranged marriage, called omiai. Japan has changed its views somewhat and nowadays many people are choosing partners whom they know and love, but it is estimated that around 5% to 6% of Japanese still go down the arranged marriage route and opt to have their partners chosen for them.
Is marriage declining in Japan?
Marriages and birth rates in Japan are decreasing every year. It is estimated that by 2040, single people will make up almost half of the Japanese population, with single-person households reaching 39% and nuclear families only representing 23% of all households.
Can I marry a Japanese?
If you wish to marry in Japan, you must do so according to Japanese law. Marriage in Japan consists of registering marriage at a Japanese municipal government office. Only this registration constitutes a legal marriage in Japan. Ceremonies performed by religious or fraternal bodies in Japan, are not legal marriages.
Can you marry yourself in Japan?
Marry yourself. The Japanese based travel agent, Cerca Travel, has apparently been busy thinking outside the box of stuffy old romantic tradition, and have launched a solo wedding trip which enables single ladies to elope with, er, themselves.