Ja­pan’s dat­ing scene? Ap­par­ently in­ex­pe­ri­enced

The Myanmar Times - - The Pulse -

MORE than 40 per­cent 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 5000 sin­gle­tons aged 18 to 34 about their lives be­tween the sheets.

It found that 42pc of men and 44pc of women had never had sex.

The sur­vey, car­ried out in June 2015, showed the num­ber of peo­ple who re­mained chaste in Ja­pan was in­creas­ing over time.

A sim­i­lar poll con­ducted in 2005 found only one-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-10 women were go­ing to bed alone.

Di­rectly com­pa­ra­ble in­ter­na­tional sta­tis­tics are dif­fi­cult to come by, but Ja­panese peo­ple across the board ap­pear to have less sex than those in other de­vel­oped coun­tries.

In a 2010 sur­vey by the same govern­ment body, 68pc of Ja­panese 18 to 19 year olds said they were vir­gins; a study car­ried out that year in Europe by con­dom maker Durex found vir­gin­ity rates among those aged 15 to 20 were much lower.

For ex­am­ple, fewer than 20pc of young Ger­mans had not had sex by the time they hit 20, while even in so­cially con­ser­va­tive Turkey, the fig­ure was only 37pc.

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,” he told the Ja­pan Times. “But they tend to put it off as they have gaps be­tween their ideals and the re­al­ity,” Ishii said.

“That’s why peo­ple marry later or stay sin­gle for life.” –

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The study shows that Ja­panese men and women are tak­ing their time be­fore jump­ing into bed.

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