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Why get married? Koreans say "for emotional support" Updated: 2014-12-04 14:13:27 KST


An aging population and low birthrate -- two problems that Korea and Japan have in common and are trying to solve.
And since having children out of wedlock is considered socially unacceptable in either country, the focus is on encouraging people to get married.
So the countries share similar problems, but do the people of Korea and Japan share similar views on marriage?
A report by the Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs says NO.

In surveys on over 10-thousand single men and women from Japan between the ages of 18 and 49, and 15-hundred Koreans in the same age group.

More than 80 percent of Korean men said marriage comes with benefits, while just about 60 percent of Japanese men agreed.
As for women, roughly seven in ten from both countries said marriage was beneficial.
Their reasons?

Koreans were more based on emotion.
The number one reason given was knowing they could rely on their spouse for emotional support.
Being allowed to live with their loved one came next on the list.

The Japanese respondents, on the other hand, tended to be more practical. with the number one reason being to have children.
This was trailed by emotional support, and fulfilling the expectations of their parents and relatives.

But as we all know marriage comes after dating but Japanese men seemed to be more reluctant about dating than Korean men.
Nearly three-quarters of Japanese men who took the survey said they were not in a relationship, in comparison with 66 percent of Korean men.

The report says all this stems from Japan's prolonged economic slump, which has changed their spending patterns,. making them focus more on their own life than a relationship.
However, it warns that Korea is no exception to the situation, given its slow economic growth, and called for efforts to reduce the burdens on young people that keep them from tying the knot.
Kim Min-ji, Arirang News.
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