Sonbeam’s latest girlfriend (and a possible explanation for the low birth rate)

Today I asked the Sonbeam if he had met the parents of his girlfriend Hiromi, whom he has been dating for about 18 months.  No, he hadn’t, because they don’t want to meet him.  Why not?  Is it because you’re a gaijin, I asked?  Nope, they just don’t want to meet or hear about any boyfriend.  As far as they’re concerned, she’s too young to be dating.  Startled, I asked just how old is she14? 

Nope.  She’s 25, and a grad student.  And she’s still not allowed to have boyfriends.

Good luck with that one, son!

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3 comments on “Sonbeam’s latest girlfriend (and a possible explanation for the low birth rate)

  1. Petra says:

    Well, in some parts of the US by the time you are 25, you’re a divorced single mom with three kids…

    Which is about equally bad, I would say.

  2. karen1945 says:

    Oh, my. That’s really strict. Yes, we have 12 year olds having babies over here. Just think, if that carries over, a person could be a grandparent at 24. Amazing.

  3. Miko says:

    It is pretty strict, by modern-day Japanese standards. I bet the parents are holding out for the highest bidder. When she hits 29 they’ll start panicking and advising her to marry the next man that comes along. I’ve seen it happen so many times.

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