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26% of marriages are remarriages, 2015 MHLW statistical analysis

  • January 19, 2017
  • , Yomiuri , p. 1
  • JMH Translation

On Jan. 18, the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) announced the results of its statistical analysis on “marriage” based on Japan’s vital statistics through 2015. The MHLW analysis revealed that the age of marriage has risen for both men and women and that “remarriage” now makes up one-fourth of all marriages, a historic high since 1952 when comparable surveys started to be taken.


According to the results of the analysis, the average age of marriage in 2015 was 30.7 for the husband (30.6 in 2014) and 29.0 for the wife (29.0 in 2014) in the case of first marriage for both members of the couple. The average age in 1975 was 26.9 for the husband and 24.4 for the wife. The average age for first marriage has thus risen 3.8 years for men and 4.6 years for women. Late marriage has been pointed out as a cause of the decline in the birthrate as the timing of childbirth comes later in a woman’s life.


Of the 635,156 couples who married in 2015, some 170,181 were remarriage for either one or both of the parties. Remarriages thus made up 26.8% of all marriages that year. Remarriage for both parties made up 9.7% (61,325 couples) of all marriages in 2015, a substantial increase from the 3.9% in 1975 (36,740 couples).


MHLW analyzes vital statistics on a different theme each year. This is the fourth time the theme has been “marriage.”




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