• Takahata, Yamagata

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Regarding the Jan. 19 editorial “Revitalizing rural Japan“: The depopulation of Japan is a cultural/social problem caused by the Japanese male. Let’s face it, Japanese women don’t want to marry a man who looks down on them, treats them with disrespect and tells them they should do only as they’re told. I live in a very rural community and it’s even worse here.

Many sons of Japanese farmers must go outside Japan and pay for a woman who will marry them. In many cases, these women are from China and the Philippines. The women are brought to Japan for the purpose of having a child for the family and working themselves to death on the farms. Life is a living hell for some, but it is better than where the women came from in most cases.

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