I read an interesting blog by a foreigner living in Japan.
‘Entrepreneurs in Japan complain it is difficult to find a girlfriend. One reason is parents want their daughters to marry a man who works for a big respected Japanese company. If a boyfriend works for a small unknown startup, parental approval is usually denied.’
Personally, it not safe anymore to work for a big company. Yet, this is still a mentality of parents, and maybe daughters as well.
Another foreigner disagreed:
‘This is hardly representative of all Japan. Actually Japan is a much more fragmented country than one would initially assume. Besides, let us not forget this is a country of small companies and artisans, and historically a country of entrepreneurs. Hard work in small companies is highly regarded.’
This is also true. How about Kumano brush companies? Most of them are still operated by family members. (An artisan working for Koyomo)
Hiroshima’s most international company is Mazda, but I cannot name another big one easily. A local city is full of small companies, artisans, startups.
Both represent Japan well.
Knowing this fact, parents still want a daughter to marry a man working for a big company.
Working for a big company means ‘stability’ and small companies means ‘risk’ in Japan.
Maybe true now but I wonder how long this idea will last.
Also, I wrote about Konkatsu ( activity to seek for a marriage partner) before and received interesting feedback!
I will write more about it in coming newsletters)
Thank you for reading,