"WHAT IS the most common problem you have to deal with?' I asked the young Japanese psychoanalyst.
"Incest,' she replied immediately, 'Japanese boys have their first experience of sex with their mothers.'
After more than ten years of studying and living in Japan, this discovery came as a shock to me. I telephoned another old
Japanese hand to tell him the news. 'I have known that for years,' he replied. 'A Japanese Samaritan once told me all
Japanese men are literally motherfuckers! WHERE SOME SONS DO HAVE THEM " 18 Jan 1997 " The Spectator Archive
Satoru Saito, head of the sociopathology department at the
Psychiatric Research Institute of Tokyo, doubts that mother- son incest is any more common in Japan than elsewhere. But, he says, 'emotional incest' between mothers and their sons is almost a defining feature of Japanese society - 'the entire culture has this undertone'.
It is a vicious circle, says Dr Saito. Women who rarely see their husbands except late at night when they come home after drinking with workmates automatically funnel their emotions towards their children, particularly towards their sons.
The sons grow up with over-indulgent mothers who smother them in affection, preventing them from developing emotional independence. The sons accept the power their mothers have over them, and, when they begin dating, they naturally look for another woman to mother them.