AMPONTAN

Japan from the inside out

Ichigen koji (234)

Posted by ampontan on Monday, November 19, 2012

一言居士
– A person who has something to say about everything

Many people have a bad understanding of the (Japanese) marriage system. For example, the assets a person has before marriage are unrelated (to a divorce). Even if you have a billion yen beforehand, and that hasn’t increased when you get a divorce, you don’t have to pay a single yen when you split up.

Japan has always had disordered practices, including night crawling during the Edo period and mistresses during the Meiji period. Then the marriage system of the West, with its emphasis on the couple, was directly imported. That’s why Japanese law doesn’t have their penalties for divorce or sexual harassment. Great Britain is particularly awful in this regard.

- Fujisawa Kazuki, financial analyst and journalist

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