Japanese Marriage

Main

Marriage

1001 - 1500

Marriage itself became a central means of officially or ceremonially cementing alliances.

Meiji Period

1868 - 1912

Arranged marriages (omiai) spread through all classes of Japanese society.

Average Marriage Age

1890

Women were often married by the age of 16.

Meiji Civil Code

1898

Emperor introduced a constitution called the 'Meiji Civil Code' which severely limited womens rights. According to the law women who were unfaithful would be immediately divorced but men would only suffer a little for their actions.

Family System

1947

The family system ('ie') as part of the legal system was abolished.

Average Marriage Age

1996

For women the average marriage age was 27 and a half years old but for men it was around 30 years old.