All work and no play…

All work and no play…

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The Guardian

Asian bride and groom

Marriage has become a minefield of unattractive choices. Japanese men have become less career-driven, and less solvent, as lifetime job security has waned. Japanese women have become more independent and ambitious. Yet conservative attitudes in the home and workplace persist. Japan’s punishing corporate world makes it almost impossible for women to combine a career and family, while children are unaffordable unless both parents work. Cohabiting or unmarried parenthood is still unusual, dogged by bureaucratic disapproval.

Aoyama says the sexes, especially in Japan’s giant cities, are “spiralling away from each other”. Lacking long-term shared goals, many are turning to what she terms “Pot Noodle love” – easy or instant gratification, in the form of casual sex, short-term trysts and the usual technological suspects: online porn, virtual-reality “girlfriends”, anime cartoons. Or else they’re opting out altogether and replacing love and sex with other urban pastimes.

Here’s a chilling picture of what it would look like in Canuckistan if Corporatist Neo-Con ideology would completely and decisively win – the world of Japan where years of keeping women at a lower status and working men until they crumble (for barely enough to live on while the minority gets rich) has resulted in the utter disintegration of what it takes to even keep a society going: Marriage, family and children.

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