Japanese statistics which suggest over a third of male youths and nearly two thirds of female youths have no interest in or an active dislike of sex have lately been exciting the concern of Japanese online.
The results of the latest governmental survey of Japanese attitudes to sex and marriage, undertaken every 5 years, reveal a society in which men and women are apparently increasingly alienated from one and other.
The survey found 61% of unmarried men aged 18-34 have no girlfriend, a 9.2% increase from 2005. For women, 50% had no boyfriend (suggesting they are tending to date older men).
45% of both sexes actually said they were not particularly interested in dating someone of the opposite sex.
A quarter of unmarried men and women in their late thirties also reported having had no sexual experiences at all.
However, despite all this, both sexes do apparently desire marriage – 86% of unmarried men and 89% of unmarried women report wanting to wed. Over 40% reported economic uncertainties as preventing their marriage.
A related survey of young people aged 16-19 found extraordinarily low levels of interest in sex amongst youngsters – 36% of boys reported having “no interest” in or “dislike” of sex, up 19% in only 3 years, and amongst girls it was up 12% to 59%.
A wide variety of interpretations of such findings have been proffered, although thus far nobody has actually attempted to do anything about the issue.
The increasingly destitute younger generations of men (who are more often than not expected to sustain a dedicated housewife whether or not children are involved) are thought to be deferring marriage and even dating for financial reasons.
More speculatively, there are some who consider their traditional masculinity to be increasingly in doubt, with the media having concocted such terms as “herbivorous men” to highlight the trend.
Women meanwhile face problems of their own – those in their late twenties and beyond are widely regarded as having poor marriage prospects, if any, and some do not even find the prospect of married life appealing in the first place.
It has also been frequently suggested that they tend to have unrealistic expectations as to the income and status of their desired husband, which when coupled with low incomes for young men and their own short shelf-life serves to drive marriage rates down further still.
As the actual numbers of Japanese besotted with such solitary pursuits as doll fancying and anime watching are insignificant, it is unlikely such pastimes have anything more than a tiny effect – although they do make inviting targets for media and political harangues.
2ch has some interesting alternative interpretations (focused exclusively on the issue of young people not having sex, for some reason):
“Isn’t that when you most want it?”
“They should be at it like monkeys at that age. Japan is done for.”
“So let us have the women your age if you don’t want them. Make it legal already.”
“But aren’t the virginity rates of high schoolers still lower than ever?”
“Women are filthy inside and out, so it’s no surprise.”
“It’s a hassle dating people. Onanism is easy.”
“I heard they were all doing it at that age. I guess only the girls are getting any action then…”
“They arrest people for doing it with 16 and 17-year-olds, yet these idiots are saying we face a catastrophic decline in birth rates?”
“Even a plain girl looks enticing at 18. If you arrest everyone older who has sex with them it’s not really surprising you get ruined birth rates.”
“If you continuously hammer elementary schoolers and up with horror tales of abortions, STDs and AIDS, it’s obvious they will view sex with revulsion when they mature.”
“I think the real issue is that the ideal partners both men and women seek have been continuously getting more and more unrealistic as the years progress.”
“Banning sex from TV and putting mosaics on everything can’t have helped.”
“Now they can get uncensored porn off the Internet, so who needs the real thing.”
“I’ve done 3 girls as a 19-year-old student. But it’s such a hassle. You old guys can have my sex quota.”
“A lot of young people are overly fastidious when it comes to personal cleanliness. You should just dump those ideas and let nature take its course.”
“Having a shower before sex, another one after. It’s too much hassle.”
“Blame the Bubble generation. Watching your parents greedily cheating and whoring is anough to put anyone off sex.”
“It’s not about people not wanting sex. Everyone wants it. It’s that to get to have sex, the amount of effort and money required have become insane.”
“There are too many good eroge these days.”
“It’s all a lie, they are just embarrassed.”
“If you watch an AV you really wouldn’t want to do it.”
“What do you expect, if you arrest every guy who has sex with a girl.”
“If ero is bad and sex is viewed as wicked, as they increasingly seem to be, it’s no surprise you see lowered interest in them.”
“Onaholes feel too good. It feels better doing one of them whilst being embraced by a woman than it does actually doing the woman, seriously!”
“2D + onahole > 3D sex. Hurry up and make a machine so we can have sex with 2D girls.”