Update: Divorces fell in 2008, contrary to predictions

Just a quick note: In January the health ministry announced that in 2008 the number of divorces fell significantly from the year before.

I mention this because back in 2007, the news was abuzz over changes to the pension system that entitled an ex-wife to a portion of her husband’s pension under certain conditions. As I blogged at the time, weekly magazines predicted a big jump in divorces as elderly wives opted to take the money and run.

But at least according to government statistics, that prediction hasn’t panned out so far.

2 thoughts on “Update: Divorces fell in 2008, contrary to predictions”

  1. My guess is that the poor economy scared some people into putting up with their marriages a bit longer. With such uncertainty on the horizon, people are far more likely to hunker down and put up with their marital difficulties.

  2. My guess is that it stopped becoming a fashionable thought, much like sleeping with black men, or dating five guys at the same time similarly fell out of fashion.

    I wonder if efforts of groups like the “zenkoku teishu-kanpaku kyoukai” had any effect in driving the rate of divorce down from once every 2 minutes and 4 seconds to once every 2 minutes and 6 seconds.


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