Japanese bachelors learn the art of parenting to help find wives

Reuters . Tokyo

Japanese bachelors looking for love can now learn child-rearing skills to boost their chances of finding a partner.
The new, all-male ‘ikumen’ course teaches men how to bathe and dress a baby and also helps them understand a woman’s perspective on child-rearing, says Ikumen University, the Osaka-based company behind the course.
Participants in one session on Sunday in the Japanese capital wore a 7-kg pregnancy jacket, were taught how to improve communication with a potential spouse and filled out a worksheet stating traits women were deemed to dislike in men.
‘I wanted to create a form of certification proving a man’s child-rearing skills and support for married life,’ course instructor Takeshi Akiyama said.

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