The Asahi Shimbun on 5/18/2010 in an article describes how disputes over child support rose in 2009, with already divorced mothers and fathers filing 18,513 new arbitration requests nationwide over child support expenses in family courts; this a 17% increase over 2008. This ostensibly due to difficulties in the economy. A total of 2,911 cases which couldn’t be resolved through arbitration went into regular court. This a new postwar high.
But here is the dirty little secret of Japan. As reported in the article and backed up by Japanese government statistics, less than 20% of divorced mothers actual receive any money from ex-husbands. You’re reading that correctly. Over 80% of divorced Japanese fathers pay zero in child support for their children. This is an abysmal record. In a country which prides itself on the family and strong financial support from fathers it comes as a major contradiction.
Hey deadbeat Japanese dads! It’s time to support your kids!
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