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