Japanese subsidised dating
Asians, in fact, have several distinct family systems.
To simplify: in South Asia it is traditional to have arranged, early marriages, in which men are dominant and the extended family is important.
In South Asia and China marriage remains near-universal, with 98% of men and women tying the knot.
His Malaysian contemporary, Mahathir Mohamad, went further.
In a book written in 1995 with a Japanese politician, Shintaro Ishihara, Dr Mahathir contrasted Asians' respect for marriage with “the breakdown of established institutions and diminished respect for marriage, family values, elders, and important customs” in the West.
It embodies a set of virtues—“learning and scholarship and hard work and thrift and deferment of present enjoyment for future gain”—which, he said, underpins Asia's economic success.
He feared that the collapse of the family, if it ever happened, would be the main threat to Singapore's success.