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Shotgun Weddings on the Rise in Japan

Almost one third of brides in Japan are what the Japanese call "double happy." In other words, they have two things to celebrate: an impending marriage and a baby already on the way!

Japanese society used to frown on shotgun weddings, but recently more and more women are walking down the aisle visibly pregnant. Who do experts thank? Celebrities of course! Over the last decade, the country's well-known pop stars and actresses have demonstrated that it's perfectly fine to be pregnant on your wedding day.

Back in America, traditional attitudes about what comes first — the marriage or the baby carriage?— have been changing, too. "Wholesome" actresses like Jennifer Garner and Reese Witherspoon were pregnant brides. And along the same lines, we've previously debated whether celebrities are turning pregnancy and motherhood before marriage into a trend.

Do you think it's still taboo to get married while obviously pregnant?

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