If you’ve ever wondered about the display, or rather, lack of display of public affection in Japan, it has been the basis of essays, believe it or not!

Cultural historian Mark McLelland, in an article titled “‘Kissing is a symbol of democracy!’ Dating, Democracy, and Romance in Occupied Japan, 1945-1952,” notes that a statute against kissing in public was rescinded largely because during the Occupation many American wives accompanied their officer husbands to Japan, bringing with them the custom of mild—according to American norms—displays of affection while out and about.

via CULTURAL CONUNDRUMS / Kissing goodbye to kiss and ride – The Japan News.