Foreign brides fill the gap in rural Japan

Bachelors seemed abroad after qualified neighborhood girls fled town life for city

by Takuya Asakura

TOZAWA, Yamagata Pref. — Cheerful laughter echoed through this snow-covered town within the Tohoku area one early early morning as a small grouping of ladies sat right down to chat over tea.

“I saw A american speaking japanese one other time and believed to my hubby, ‘He speaks fluent Japanese and even though he is a foreigner,’ ” one of several ladies states. “Then my better half stated, ‘You are a definite foreigner, too, aren’t you?’ ” This causes another burst of laughter through the ladies.