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