TOKYO – According to a new study that highlights concerns about demographic challenges in Japan, people aged 18 to 34 found 42% of men and 44.2% of women have never had sex.
The institute said the increase in singles was particularly sharp for people in their late 20s, the age at which science tells us women are most fertile
The study is carried out by Japan’s National Institute of Population and Social Security every five years, which indicates, Japanese men and women are growing apart.
Japan already suffers from the world’s oldest population and a shrinking birth rate, with the government struggling to incentivise marriage and parenthood.
Futoshi Ishii, head researcher for the study, told Japan Times â€œThey want to tie the knot eventually. But they tend to put it off as they have gaps between their ideals and the reality, thatâ€™s why people marry later or stay single for life, contributing to the nationâ€™s low birthrate.â€
Meanwhile, the same study found that the number of children among couples who have been married for between 15 and 19 years averaged a record-low 1.94.
But in a plus for female empowerment, it also showed the ratio of women who returned to work after having their first child exceeded 50 percent for the first time.
The study, conducted in June last year, covered 8,754 single people and 6,598 married couples across the country.
An organisation called Virgin Academia, set up by the non-profit organisation White Hands, now offers lectures focusing on how to establish healthy relationships, as well as activities such as nude life drawing classes.
The lack of sexual activity can seem at odds with a society saturated with sexual images, from television and manga comics to city billboards.
But recent years have seen a shift in traditional family structures, and a protracted economic slowdown as a global powerhouse, which has Â reportedly resulted in Â many men struggling to hold down secure, full-time jobs.
Source: Japan Times