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Women in Japan rebel against Valentine's Day

By Emiko Jozuka on 14/02/2019

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Japanese women are rebelling against a decades-old Valentine's Day tradition that obliges them to give chocolates to men.

On February 14, the nation's female workers are expected to give "giri choco," or obligation chocolates, to their male colleagues. Women are also expected to buy heartfelt chocolates, "honmei choco," for their crushes or loved one.

"Valentine's Day (in Japan) got turned upside down to become a symbol of the Japanese patriarchy," said Jeff Kingston, a Japan expert at Temple University in Tokyo.

But this year, women are calling time on the financially draining practice.

A recent survey by a Tokyo department store found about 60% of women will instead buy chocolates for themselves on Valentine's Day.

Only 35% planned to offer chocolates to their male colleagues.  (CNN)

Source News Express

Posted 14/02/2019 11:58:40 AM

 

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