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Submitted by Gekko 560d ago | article

Anime And The Falling Japanese Birth Rate

In a culture where anime is such a widespread and beloved form of media, could young men, or even women, become alienated from the real world by an “obsession” with 2D characters? Could this obsession be distracting part of the Japanese populous from choosing a more traditional route - and a spouse that is capable of procreation? (Culture)

futurefrog  +   561d ago
Ughh.. what a terrible article..
ExCest  +   560d ago
Wait what? So there was no purpose for this article but to bring up discussion without asking for it?

I'm not saying it's bad, but there's no view or opinion or reason in this article. It just seems to be... there.
Bakkies  +   559d ago
Let me cut to the chase:

Japan is highly competitive and it's rather regular that people commit suicide when they don't meet the goals set by themselves and society. One could argue the amount of work doesn't equal the reward.

Look at the hikikomori phenomena, even with psychologists prescribing every DSM IV criteria in the book to explain the problem, it is still fundamentally by definition a withdrawal from society.

Absolute withdrawal may be the minority, but there are lesser forms around. The MGTOW(Men going their own way) movement is one of them, these are men who decide not buckle under the pressures of society and will rather live a minimalist life with their hobbies.

The traditional family structure is also an "expected of" pressure from society, resulting in even more work and less time for yourself. The traditional family structure is dissolving in the west as well. Just look at the divorce rate and men who choose not to marry.

Therefore the author is correct to assert that the economy is partly to blame, but it is only a small part of a much larger problem.

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