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”
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.
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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