Japanese Arranged Marriages Essays

817 Words Nov 2nd, 2011 4 Pages
For centuries, arranged marriages between social classes have been a tradition. Since World War II ended in 1945, “love” marriages have become more and more common. Social class has somewhat ended with the establishment of the Tenant Laws; which abolished landlords and divided land between Japanese peasants and farmers. Now, marriage is becoming much like that of the United States’. The rise of non-arranged marriage is a positive event; it is helping Japan progress towards a freer nation which is not tied down by it’s past. Marriages have undergone several changes throughout the history of Japan. Muko-iri was the original form of marriage practiced in Japan. The marriage was arranged by older relatives and parents, and the man would …show more content…
Keeping arranged marriages actually reduces the rate of divorce. This is because divorce is less of an option when your parents made the match; it’s as if you are telling your parents they were not smart enough to match you. (“Advantages and Disadvantages of Arranged Marriages” par. 5). However, it must be brought up that from an outsiders perspective, arranged marriages may not look so bad, but when one is forced into the relationship they have limited freedom of choice (Advantages and Disadvantages of Arranged Marriages” par. 10). Also, love is not taken into account when the marriage is initiated. Instead it is left to “bloom eventually”. In the Western world we live in, it is difficult to understand why love would be put last on the list, but from a Japanese point of view, it is purely for social status and economic benefits (“Advantages and Disadvantages of Arranged Marriages”, par. 11). Arranged marriages have both positives and negatives. Western, or “love” marriages can be viewed many different ways. First off, “love” marriages allows the couple practice a greater freedom of choice. It puts love as a first priority. It also makes it so the inlaws and other extended family members do not have a say in the couple’s decision. This allows the couple to learn and work through things together; presumably making the couple stronger (“Advantages and Disadvantages of Arranged Marriages”, par. 12). A benefit to “love” marriages is

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