Recently I had a chance to watch a popular Japanese Television drama,“Buzzer Beater” – the fourth highest rating show this Summer in Japan. The protagonist, Naoki,a good-looking, talented professional basketball player,struggles to be successful and suffers from a lack of confidence. One day, Naoki finds out his fiancé cheated on him with a teammate. The teammate shows no remorse or guilt, and is almost hostile to Naoki. Naoki never even threatens to raise a fist. Naoki decides instead to back off and asks his teammate to take a good care of his fiancée saying that he was not good enough for her.
Reflecting on the unexpected story line, I realized that Naoki represents“Soshokukei Danshi (そうしょくけいだんし-herbivorous boys), a recent buzz word in Japan.
“Soshokukei Danshi” refers to Japanese men in their 20s and early 30s, who are passive towards women and dating. They are domestic, sensitive and prefer comfort to conflict or competition. Media reports 40-60% of males within the age group in Japan today likely fall into the Soshokukei category.
The following are resources regarding shoshokukei danshi. Please review them and share your comments.
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