Analysis Of The New York Times By Nicholas D. Quot

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The concept that marriage can occur, endure, and succeed without the factor of love seems to be common in many other places in the world. “Who Needs Love! In Japan, Many Couples Don’t,” by Nicholas D. Kristof published in the New York Times in 1996 explores the aspects and success of loveless marriage in Japan beginning with Yuri Uemura of Omiya, Japan. The article opens with a small description of the setting of the interview and the blunt fact that there was never any marriage between Yuri and her husband. But she follows this with the fact that they survived. Yuri dives into the facts of never receiving neither affirmation from her husband nor affection. She offers a sad comparison of how relationships between a male and a female animal seem better than her own marriage. This example of a marriage is given to show how important family is in Japan regardless of the level of happiness. The example is followed by some simple statistics and facts comparing marriage in Japan to the rest of the world. Japan’s divorce rate is less than half the divorce rate of the United States’ even though it is at a record high. It is shared that the traditional family structure is crumbling in the US and Europe while Japan’s is still going strong. Kristof also supports the strength of the family structure by offering the evidence of a study that was published by the Population Council declaring that the rate of two family traditional household is falling significantly worldwide with one

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