I was once told that all trends start in Japan. They then slowly work their way across the continent to Paris, where eventually New Yorkers posing as Parisians bring it back to the Big Apple, and the trend continues to spread until it dies in Los Angeles.
Now, this is not necessarily true of all trends. In fact, it’s probably not true at all. But I personally hope that it is because the latest trend sweeping Japan is adultery (aka cheating).
Ashley Madison, the dating site for people looking for affairs (their tagline: Life is short. Have an affair), has seen its Japanese members skyrocket to a million users in eight-and-a-half months, which is the fastest growth among any of the 37 countries where the adultery site operates.
Adultery is by no means a new phenomenon in Japanese culture. Japan’s male-dominated society has always accepted outlets for married men to have casual sex such as “love hotels”, “soap lands”, and lets not forget that they are the nation that invented Geishas.