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Embracing Each New Day: Marriage, Japanese-Egyptian Style

For our third installment on international marriage, we visit a Japanese and Egyptian couple living with their four children in Chiba Prefecture. Over nearly 15 years of marriage the pair, joined together in Islamic faith, have overcome language and culture differences and fled regional turmoil while working to build a bright future for their family.

Cross-Cultural Ties: Matrimony Through the Eyes of a Japanese and South Korean Couple

In our second installment on international marriage, we visit a Japanese and South Korean couple with two young daughters to catch a glimpse of their approach to romance and learn about their recipe for building a happy mixed-culture family.

Rushing to the Altar: International Newlyweds Set Out as Parents

In the first installment of our series on international marriage we sit down with Canadian and Japanese couple Corey and Ryō Procopio. The newlyweds share their hopes and fears about work, family, and a new life together as they set off down the road as both spouses and new parents.

A Look at International Marriage in Japan

The number of international marriages in Japan rose rapidly in the 1980s and 1990s, peaking at over 40,000 in 2006. Since then, the number has been decreasing, and now averages around 20,000 per year. Despite this decline, interest in international marriage remains strong in Japan, as reflected in popular books and TV programs.

“Hafu” Filmmaker Spotlights Bicultural Japan

The recent film Hafu documents the lives of five bicultural Japanese. Nippon.com spoke to one of the film’s two directors, Nishikura Megumi, to learn more about the film and the motivation behind it.

Behind Japan’s Ratification of the Hague Abduction ConventionKamoto Itsuko

Why is Japan considered a haven for parental child abductors? Can an international treaty resolve the underlying issues? With Japan finally set to join the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, international marriage expert Kamoto Itsuko takes a closer look at the complex cultural and legal factors involved.

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