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  • Japanese 20-somethings are marrying without dating
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    MIKI Yoshihito (2010) ©
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Japanese 20-somethings are marrying without dating

Love and marriage don’t go together like a horse and carriage for Japan’s 20-somethings. A celebrity-inspired phenomenon has seen many eschew the dating game, instead going straight for the shotgun – marrying after minimal dating periods to avoid the hassle of getting to know someone.

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