Divorce Rate

Divorce Rate in Japan

Japan divorce rate is approximately 27%. One off every four marriages ends up in a divorce. According to Reuters, The number of divorces annually has almost doubled since 1990, with 264,000 couples formally breaking up in 2000. From 2000 to 2004, there is a little drop in the divorce rate in Japan.

If we compare Japan's divorce rate with the divorce rates of the other countries, here is what we have:

Divorce rate per 1000 couples

Japan: 2.2
USA: 4.0
Germany: 2.4
France: 1.9
Italy: 0.7
UK: 2.6
Sweden: 2.4

Japanese divorce rates
Source: Statistics and Information Department, Minister's Secretariat

From above statistics, it is clear that divorce rate is about half than US divorce rate.

According to Health Ministry statistics, divorces rate in Japan had more than doubled, from just over 95,000 in 1970 to 206,955 in 1996.

As compared to the United States, the divorce rates in Japan are much less but they are on the rise. Nearly one in three marriages in Japan ends up in a divorce. This rate is 4 times the 1950s rate and twice the 1970s rate. The number of couples getting married has reduced considerable, because of which the divorce rate has also dropped down.

According to divorce statistics of the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry, the number of couples who got married in 2010 in Japan were 708,000 out of which 253,353 couples registered for divorce. This implies one divorce case for every two minutes and four seconds. A survey report on population by the ministry indicates that the divorce rates in 2009 were 3.9 times more than the divorce rates reported 50 years back.

In 2008, there were 250,000 divorce cases reported in Japan. In 2005, around 262,000 divorces took place which were 28,000 less than the divorce cases in 2002 and 16,500 more than the divorce cases in 1991.

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