Hamish Downie’s News Sushi # 131: Morsels of News From Japan and Beyond


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I come to you from the past, as I’m planning on taking time off for Silver Week (the Autumnal cousin to Spring’s Golden Week).

This week, Japan Today published an article discussing an episode of the variety travel show, “Off You Go To The Ends Of The Earth”, where three models and a former Indonesian Prime Minister’s wife discuss the age old question, “Do you marry for love or money?” in Dubai. The three models answer that they would marry for love, to which the former wife of the PM retorts that they are all idiots. Indeed, Marilyn Monroe’s character in “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” basically states that a woman looking to marry a man with money is like a man looking to marry a pretty woman, it’s not necessary but it helps.


Touche Marilyn. I grew up watching the likes of “How to Marry a Millionaire” and the aforementioned “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes”, so as soon as I was on the dating market I looked for a rich man. But, I often found that I have too many opinions and ambitions for the ones I met, who just wanted to fulfill a James Bond fantasy, with me as the Bond Girl. No thank you.

Later, I looked for an ambitious man I could run besides. But, these guys really want someone to be a cheerleader for them, not someone equally ambitious.

Finally, the man I plan to spend the rest of my life with is definitely not a wealthy man at all. He’s basically Betty Grable’s character from “How to Marry a Millionaire” or the Woodsman. That is, I found my own cheerleader, and I became the man of my dreams – kind of.

So, here’s my guide for how to marry the proverbial millionaire (or billionaire):

Rich Men look for cheerleaders – no, not necessarily someone who looks like a cheerleader, but someone who is going to help and support him. They tend to not look for someone terribly ambitious (like me – haha)

Many Rich Men look for someone they can control. Hugh Grant fell for Sandra Bullock in a movie. This is what turned me off so many men (rich or otherwise).
Rich Men look for someone who is drama free. They don’t want someone with baggage like myself. Some men may enjoy the status symbol of being able to keep someone who is high maintenance, but generally speaking, prefer low maintenance partners.

Rich Men want someone who doesn’t want them for their money (they also want love – the tragedy is that being Rich means they can never be sure if this person would love them without money. I noticed that my stock value went up as soon as I fell for someone without money. But, too bad for them, I really did fall in love, so I’m well and truly off the market).

There’s a question in one of my textbooks about would you prefer a good boss or a higher salary. I used to think you’d want a higher salary, but again, in real life, I’ve chosen a job with a great work culture and mostly good bosses. I’ve had good direct bosses in my previous company, but the work culture meant that it wasn’t a great place to work for my mental and physical health.

I think the same goes for a partner, would you prefer a good partner or a rich partner?

Original aritcle: https://japantoday.com/category/features/lifestyle/for-love-or-for-money-tv-star%E2%80%99s-views-on-marriage-make-waves-in-japan


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That’s all for this week, so please be safe, and until next time… MATA NE!


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