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Wedding Bells Set Average Japanese Couple Back $78,000

November 19, 1993

TOKYO (AP) _ The average Japanese couple spent about $78,000 to get married last year, according to a survey released today.

That’s the most since Sanwa Bank began conducting the annual survey in 1974, and an increase of 280,000 yen, or $2,615, from the previous year.

″Despite an economic recession, they spent lavishly for an once-in- lifetime occasion,″ said Tomoko Matsuyama of Sanwa Bank.

The bank surveyed 649 newlywed couples living in Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya in June and July. It found that the newlyweds’ parents footed on average $29,345 of the bill.

Ms. Matsuyama said 54 percent of the couples celebrated bliss with parties at hotels after their weddings, entertaining an average 84 people at a cost of $35,532.

About 85 percent of the couples said they traveled overseas for their honeymoon. Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii were the favorite destinations.

Last year, 754,441 couples were married in Japan, an increase of 12,177 couples from 1991, while 179,191 couples were divorced, up 10,222, according to Health and Welfare Ministry.

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