International Marriages in Japan: A Prefecture-Level Analysis
intermarriage, rural areas, sex ratio, women, prefectures, wives, husbands, arranged marriage
There is one form of intermarriage in Japan that is rarely addressed: Japanese men who marry women from Southeast Asian countries. In this paper, we explore macro-level influences—sex ratios, proximity to Tokyo and Osaka, and rural/urban differences—on the prevalence of intermarriage among Japanese. Using prefecture-level data, we find that the prevalence of intermarriage among Japanese men and Southeast Asian women is higher in areas that have lower ratio of young women to young men, but this is most pronounced in rural areas. International marriages in Japan, especially those in rural areas, are likely influenced by the distribution of foreign workers and the increasing frequency of arranged international marriages.
Original Publication Citation
Morgan, Charlie V., and John P. Hoffmann. 2007. “International Marriages in Japan: A Prefecture-Level Analysis.” International Journal of Sociology of the Family 33(1): 157-182.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Morgan, Charlie V. and Hoffmann, John P., "International Marriages in Japan: A Prefecture-Level Analysis" (2007). Faculty Publications. 3916.
International Journal of Sociology of the Family
Family, Home, and Social Sciences
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