Off with their heads!

“Four women aged 68 to 74 have been indicted on charges of defrauding single men or their parents by offering to set the men up in marriage.  The four are suspected of defrauding 20 people of several hundred thousand dollars.  The victims were aged between 51 and 87.  Eighteen of them were mothers of unmarried men, police said.  The four suspects offered to act as matchmakers for a fee. In only five cases, they produced prospective mates.  They told police they spent the money on debt repayment, horse racing and living expenses.”

This is truly disgusting, partly because it took place in my prefecture, and partly because I fear that I may become the victim of such fraudsters if Sonbeam doesn’t find a suitable bride in a few years (don’t worry! I’m only joking … for the time being. We mothers all joke about stuff like that when they are still in their twenties. It won’t be so funny when he hits 35 with no serious prospects in sight. Having an unmarried adult child on your hands is a source of great embarrassment here, especially in rural areas but even in the cities, particularly when it’s an eldest son. It’s no laughing matter). It’s common for Japanese people to use matchmaking services when searching for prospective partners, and it’s also common for mothers to go bride-hunting on behalf of their sons; they tend to be desperate and extremely gullible.

I sense a business opportunity.


6 comments on “Off with their heads!

  1. Karen says:

    Well, I guess I can’t leave the house. I have a 35 year old unmarried son. Actually, it’s not that big a deal in the US. People just figure he’s either gay or no woman will have him. He’s not gay, so….

  2. Miko says:

    Frankly I’ll be amazed if Sonbeam ever gets hitched. Any normal girl would take one look at the state of his bedroom and run screaming.

  3. Karen says:

    Even though he’s living back in the house with us, I communicate with him on Facebook. Today, I left this on his “wall”:

    We need to have that “mother-son” talk. You know the one. Everyone has urges. That’s just part of nature. And one of the most basic urges is for food. There is nothing wrong with cooking and having meals. Just take precautions so you don’t get disease. And one of the ways to avoid getting disease is to rinse off the dishes and put them in the dishwasher instead of just leaving them in the sink. The dishwasher gets the dishes all nice and sterilized. And it helps insure we don’t have cockroaches so big they carry off one of the cats as a snack.

  4. Miko says:

    Did you have the talk about the big thing with the buttons called the “washing machine” yet? I’m still working my way up to that one … I have to explain “laundry basket” first.

    I have had the experience of texting Sonbeam when he was sitting two yards away from me in the living room. It was the only way I could get his attention.

  5. Karen says:

    Yes, we IM from room to room, too.

    He’s learned “washing machine”. It was a very scary period in his life, and he doesn’t talk about it much, but he did master that bit of machinery.

    Apparently, our “talk” had some effect. This morning, his plate was not in the sink. It was in the living room floor, where he ate while watching TV. I did notice that later it was moved to the sink. At least he cooks his own food.

  6. Miko says:

    yes, Sonbeam “cooks” his own food too. Oddly enough, he had no trouble mastering use of the microwave oven.

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