Marriages between Japanese and foreign nationals now account for around 5 percent of all marriages in Japan, more than double the rate of the late 1980s, according to a recently published report by the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

The percentage of such marriages to the total number of marriages in Japan rose from 2.4 percent in 1988 to 5 percent in 2001, the report says. In total, there were 39,700 international marriages in 2001.

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