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Dating and courtship patterns in japan

Attempting to provide young people with mate selection opportunities various “Kon-Katsu” services (marriage mate seeking activities) have been established by local municipal offices, commercial matchmaking agencies, and Machi-Kon (Township Companion where both young men couples and women couples meet in group).

It was only after the Meiji era that Japanese marriage changed to the Yoriai pattern based on the mutual consent of the marriage partners.

Births to unmarried mothers in Japan today are extremely low in comparison to other industrial nations.

It could be due to factors within Japanese society and culture.

A courtship may be an informal and private matter between two people or may be a public affair, or a formal arrangement with family approval.