After being bullied by women for being a nerd and swearing off ever marrying one, Akihiko Kondo decided to marry his virtual reality hologram, Miku. Miku is an animated 16-year-old that exists in a $2,800 desktop device created by Gatebox
So how does a relationship with Miku work? This Hologram wife wakes him up each morning and sends him off to his job. In the evening, when he texts her coming home, she turns on the lights. Later, she tells him when it’s time to go to bed.
So why did this man decide he needed to marry the hologram? He said “I never cheated on her, I’ve always been in love with Miku-san…I’ve been thinking about her every day. I’m not seeking these in real women. It’s impossible I believe we must consider all kinds of love and all kinds of happiness.”
For men in Japan, this feeling is not uncommon . According to the Japan times, 1 in 4 men, 1 in 7 women in Japan still unmarried at age 50. And according to the National Institute of Population and Social Security Research, this statistic hit a record 23.37 percent for men which was up 3.23 percentage points from the previous survey in 2010.
Experts attribute the statistic to lower social pressures and a nationwide low birthrate. The article also notes that an unstable unemployment rate is also dissuading men and women from being able to raise children.
And with these stats, Kondo is not the only one choosing to wed AI. Kondo is hoping his public marriage will encourage others to do the same. Around 40 guests attended Kondo and Miku’s wedding, but one guest who wasn’t in attendance… Kondo’s mom.
Kondo said: “For mother, it wasn’t something to celebrate.” The marriage does not hold legal standing, but that doesn’t bother him.
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