Japan has too many virgins
TOKYO: More than 40% of young Japanese single adults are virgins, a government survey has shown, and almost three-quarters of men are not in any kind of relationship.
The poll reveals the extent of sexlessness in a country where policymakers worry about low birthrates and the knock-on effect of an ageing society.
The National Institute of Population and Social Security Research quizzed more than 5,000 singletons aged 18 to 34 about their lives between the sheets.
It found that 42% of men and 44% of women had never had sex.
The survey, carried out in June last year, showed the number of people who remained chaste in Japan was increasing over time.
A similar poll conducted in 2005 found only a third of young singletons had always been celibate – out of preference or otherwise.
The 2015 survey also found that seven-in-10 men were not in a relationship, while nearly six-in-ten women were going to bed alone.
Japan’s apparently low libido sits at odds with the impression many visitors have about the country’s attitude to sex.
Images of impossibly busty – and frequently underdressed – young women are common in the ubiquitous manga comics and on billboards.
Prostitution is readily visible in even smaller cities and the country produces voluminous amounts of often eyebrow-raising pornography.
Futoshi Ishii, who heads the body that carried out the sex survey, said the root of the issue seemed to be the gulf between how people imagine life should be and how it actually turns out.
“They want to tie the knot eventually. But they tend to put it off as they have gaps between their ideals and the reality.
“That’s why people marry later or stay single for life,” Ishii told Japan Times. – AFP