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"Grass Eaters" on the Rise, MMA on the Decline in Japan

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A relatively new trend in Japan could lead to an even greater decline in interest in combat sports.  I found an article on slate.com about "Grass-eating men" in Japan who shun consumption and seek quieter less competitive lives.  It’s a growing subculture in Japan and the lack of macho under thirty types may drive out combat sports all together.  As many of us know, Japan is a hard place to gauge.  But according to a survey cited in the slate article, 75% of men ages 20-30 describe themselves as grass eating men.  That is a huge chunk of the key age demographic for MMA.  A large portion of the audience may be lost for the time being.  The attitude shift is a shift away from MMA.

Perhaps this means a rise in interest from women.  Maybe, like so many other things is Japan, it is just a fad and fighting will come back stronger then ever.  Maybe an earthquake will open the earth and swallow Japan rendering this article pointless.  Something to consider, something to talk about.  I don’t know a lot about Japan, but I am interested in hearing other reasons then Yakuza on why Japan MMA is down.  I love Dream shows as much as the next guy, but they are not Pride and not as stable.  What say you?


image via slate.com

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