The tradition of arranged marriage coming out of fashion and child care facing new difficulties reflects a recent shift of values within a young Japanese generation. Couples frequently find themselves standing between their own vision of love and partnership and that of their parents. This research presents new ethnographic data on young people’s views about partnership and the family. The Results give evidence of a significant transformation of these views. Data indicate a multitude of views, hopes and difficulties experienced by the young generation, making clear that shared concepts of family and life planning, verbal and non-verbal communication within partnership and attitudes towards sexuality do not only differ from those in the West but are diverse within Japan as well.
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