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Is divorce common in Japan?

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Such katei-nai rikon-- in-family divorces --may be a major factor in keeping Japan's divorce rate at the low figure of about 1.3 per 1,000 couples, or 160,000 divorces. The U.S. ratio in 1990 was 4.7 per 1,000, or 1.2 million divorces. No official figures are available for "in-family divorces," but they are common.