Leg­is­la­tors make hay as the rest of Ja­pan shy away from sex

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - VIEWS - The au­thor is China Daily Tokyo bureau chief. cai­hong@chi­nadaily.com.cn

One re­cent sur­vey showed 42 per­cent of sin­gle men and 44 per­cent of sin­gle women be­tween ages 18 to 34 were vir­gins, with some men call­ing women “scary”. An­other found nearly 25 per­cent of Ja­panese men and 14 per­cent women aged 50 were yet to marry — the high­est fig­ures since cen­sus be­gan in 1920.

Sur­pris­ingly, even some mar­ried cou­ples have lost the spark in the bed­room.

A Ja­panese fam­ily plan­ning as­so­ci­a­tion’s sur­vey found al­most half of the mar­ried cou­ples had not had sex for more than a month and did not ex­pect that to change in the near fu­ture — “sex­less” mar­riage, as the as­so­ci­a­tion defines it. While 35.2 per­cent of mar­ried men said they were “too tired” to have sex, 22 per­cent of mar­ried women said they found sex “trou­ble­some”.

While sex may not be ap­peal­ing to many Ja­panese, the pur­suit of ex­tra­mar­i­tal pleasure by some law­mak­ers from the rul­ing Lib­eral Demo­cratic Party has con­trib­uted to the nose­div­ing ap­proval rat­ings of Prime Min­is­ter Shinzo Abe and his ad­min­is­tra­tion.

And Abe has not done enough to de­liver on his prom­ises of im­prov­ing the econ­omy and changing work­place culture. When peo­ple in Ja­pan don’t have to work long hours, they will have more time to ex­plore the spir­i­tual world and ad­dress their li­bido.

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