According to a recent article in weekly newsmagazine Aera, 8,158 Japanese women are married to non-Japanese men (the largest national group is American), while 27,881 Japanese men are married to non-Japanese women. The article says that the divorce rate among these “international couples” is rising faster than the divorce rate for couples in which both partners are Japanese.

This week on “Totsugeki! Idobata 7” (Charge! Well-side Discussion 7; TV Tokyo, Monday, 7 p.m.), the subject of international marriages will be discussed by the usual complement of talent and comedians who will have at their disposal eight mixed couples to interrogate and make fun of. Certain stereotypes are addressed, including the idea that Western husbands are more outwardly affectionate than Japanese husbands, and the belief in Japan that Japanese people cherish family values and children more intensely than people in other countries.

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