“The number of registered users has doubled. All of the new subscribers have voiced their concerns about the war.”
“A RUSSIAN BEAUTY,” a marriage activity site that mediates international marriages with Russian women. According to Shokichi Yamaguchi, the representative of “A RUSSIAN BEAUTY,” a marriage activity site that mediates international marriages with Russian women, there has been a rush of women from Russia who wish to “defect from marriage” in the wake of the invasion of Ukraine. The number of women seeking marriage asylum from Russia has been increasing. Japanese men are becoming more and more popular as a destination for asylum and as a partner for international marriage.
Japanese anime and manga are popular in Russia, and in some areas, such as Moscow, NHK is available. Even in Russia, there are surprisingly many opportunities to come into contact with Japanese culture. Women want to live in developed countries with a high standard of living, but they distrust the United States and NATO member countries that are hostile to Russia. Japan is one of the few countries that can meet their needs,” says Yamaguchi.
The process of signing a contract is no different from that of a typical marriage activity site. Communication is conducted via e-mail and Zoom, and once the couple decides to get engaged, they are invited to Japan to complete the registration procedures. Alina, 32, a Latin dance instructor in Kazan, a large city in southwestern Russia, is a recent user of the service. She decided to register because her best friend’s younger brother was drafted into the military.
My best friend’s brother was deployed to Ukraine and we lost touch with him. The government won’t tell me anything. My friend cries every day, ‘This is not right. This is wrong. Seeing this up close, I took action, saying, ‘There is no future for this country.”
In Japan, she dreams of a peaceful life.
My mother did not hold me back and pushed me to stay healthy, cheerful, and positive. I have traveled to Japan and found many people warm and kind. I would be happy if I could have a family like that.
For the sake of happiness, they are forced to marry internationally. These women are undoubtedly victims of the war.
From the June 24 and July 1, 2022 issues of FRIDAY
PHOTO： Courtesy of A RUSSIAN BEAUTY