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Marriage in Japan Why people get married There would be many reasons to save money to escape from loneliness to have a better life and so on But in most case people marry for love Though it is almost always true a married life is different between in the western culture and in Japan A marriage in modern western culture is based on mutuality and companionship In Western there is a tendency to be independent Most college graduates live apart from their family and find an apartment near the working place They have learned how to survive in single and marriage is an optional However a person in Japan who graduates from a college and has a job still lives with ones family until one gets married which means one keeps the parent-child relationship Therefore it is hard for a Japanese man to learn to be independent After he gets married he now relies on his bride for having foods doing laundry and many other things Takeo Doi explains it with the term of amae that means the seeking or causing of oneself to be loved nurtured and indulged He says it is an active attempt to make oneself into a passive love object One reason why a man continues depending on someone else is that he has been witnessed what his parents have been done and now he considers himself as a head of his own family In case of woman it is difficult to keep her job after the marriage because she needs to take care of her child which is considered to be a wifes job She has to do everything else except making money for the family which makes her dependent on her husband who has the economic power However in western culture it is natural for both partners to have their own jobs and to be responsible for every single household job after marriage Until recently it has been true
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