60% of Japanese Men “Like Girls Young as Possible”

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The latest findings about the romantic interests of the Japanese to be inspiring interest are the not entirely surprising statistics that 60%  of Japanese men are interested in females of any age, as long as it is as young as possible.

15,000 Japanese men were quizzed as to how young a girl they would consider valid targets for romance:

Up to 1 year younger: 0.8%
Up to 3 years: 2.6%
Up to 5 years: 9.5%
Up to 10 years: 16.2%
Up to 15 years: 8.6%
Don’t care how young!: :59.4%
Out of the question!:3.0%

Whilst most of the reasons older Japanese men might prefer dating young ladies are obvious, surveys have also regularly demonstrated the stringent standards Japanese women tend to apply to the incomes of their prospective husbands – and with only older men capable of attaining these high levels of financial and professional attainment, it is perhaps as well they are flexible.

As for women, 16,000 were asked how young they would go – and most were clearly not nearly as keen on younger partners as their male counterparts were:

Up to 1 year younger: 4.2%
Up to 3 years: 15.1%
Up to 5 years: 26.1%
Up to 10 years: 15.1%
Up to 15 years: 2.8%
Don’t care how young!: :20.5%
Out of the question!:16.2%

As usual these findings have been widely discussed amongst circles not known for their aversion to young girls themselves:

“Damn all you lolicon!”

“Policeman, over here!”

“Who is surprised by these findings?”

“How is this news?”

“As long as they are not second-hand!”

“So in other words, all men are lolicon.”

“Us Japs are all hentai lolicon. A real creepy set.”

“All my friends married older women… one is 10 years older.”

“Agnes is coming.”

“I’m 30, so up to 22 years younger is my limit.”

“Non-virgins are just sluts!”

“So 60% of Japanese men really are lolicon?”

“I don’t think I could manage an elementary schooler.”

“Young ladies like older guys, older guys like young ladies, it’s love on both sides!”

“You guys are really intent on turning this into a discussion of your fantasies, aren’t you?”

“It’s a bit weird that 100 years ago adults were marrying 15-year-olds and now this is treated as child predation.”

“Well, back then it would have been someone who waited until after 20 who was abnormal.”

“It hardly matters what age guys they asked. It’s 18-29 women for all of them, no doubt.”

“What about all the older hags who like younger guys? In fact, don’t younger guys become appealing if you get older?”

“They used to get married at 12, and still do in places. Aside from the social taboos we have now it is really not all that abnormal that men like young girls, it’s only natural.”

“The problem is with the queston – they should have included an explicit age range or it is meaningless.”

“Women are like balls!
14 = rugby balls, with 30 guys chasing them.
18 = footballs, with 22 guys after them.
24 = hockey pucks, with 8 guys looking to hit on them.
35 = ping pong balls, with 2 guys batting them towards each other.
48 = golf balls, with 1 guy slowly strolling after them.
60 = dodge balls, with everyone trying to get out of their way.
88 = bowling balls, everyone is quietly trying to roll them down the alley.”

“Any age is fine – as long as they’re 2D!”


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    Comment by Anonymous
    20:41 05/04/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    You know going for younger is by natural design, right? Younger is healthier and more capable of childbirth. More eggs, too. We're designed to be breeding at a young age. The older we have children, the more our DNA has deteriorated.

    Society adds extra factors to consider, such as personal desires (eg. career) and financial situation. Humans also tend to fail at raising children responsibly, which is not always related to the age of the parents.

    The other problem is the mortality rate of mothers in childbirth, which seems to have always been a problem.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:40 05/04/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I also like how "10 years younger" is equal to "lolicon". When the guy in question is 40 she'd still be 30 and WAY above lolicon age.

    It's survey with typical "harmless" questions that then goes on to obstruct essential informations to make up bullshit claims.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:20 07/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    The article doesn't just say "young girls" but "girls young as possible".

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:15 05/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    That is right, it is normal for people to prefer healthy members of the opposite gender that have properly entered their breeding age.

    It is the mistake of the article to have name that implies much younger people than that.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:07 05/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I was going to say the same thing. I wouldn't really say it's a Japanese thing for men to be into younger girls, though I guess it depends on how young they mean.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:04 06/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    number one result was "any"

    Comment by Anonymous

    It depends on your definition of "young". The ideal childbirth age for a human woman is about 25-35. Going lower and higher than that decreases the likelyhood of a safe and healthy birth. If the girl is extremely young (think 13 or less), then there is a serious threat both to her and the child, which is why such pregnancies are almost universally aborted. Even 18 year old women should avoid childbirth at that age out of purely medical concerns.

    Being attracted to women well outside that range is not evolutionary sound. Even disregarding legal concerns, the offspring of men who prefer women within the ideal range are far more likely to raise healthy offspring, which means their genes are more likely to propagate.

    The older we have children, the more our DNA has deteriorated.

    No, that's not how it works.

    Comment by Dark Mage
    03:39 06/04/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Actually that's true.
    Teens are usually too young more chances for miscarriage also generally too irresponsible to be a good mother while past 35 there are more chances for problems like downs syndrome.

    Though this is not cut a dry the general.

    It should be noted society as it is does genetically favor those who can reproduce later.
    A side effected of being genetically predisposed to reproduce later also comes with a longer life span.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2005/12/06/science/06conv.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0 [http://www.nytimes.com/2005/12/06/science/06conv.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0]

    So we're kinda doing a natural selection on ourselves right now.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:33 06/04/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    "It would be ridiculous to think that we evolved in a way to make the best interval to have children to be between 25 and 35 years."

    Well evolution doesn't work that way. Young girls and older women do end up having too many complications at childbirth, and mortality/morbidity rates are higher for the mother and baby. That's empirical evidence.

    http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/rhs-ssg/maternal-maternelle/mortality-mortalite/index-eng.php

    The mortality rates for girls younger than 15 are even higher.

    Girls under 15 have a 5 times higher risk of dying in pregnancy and child birth than girls over 20.

    UNFPA (2004). State of World Population, 2004; [http://www.unfpa.org/swp/2004/english/ch9/page5.htm;]http://www.unfpa.org/swp/2004/english/ch9/page5.htm; accessed 3/21/2007.

    World Health Organization, UNFPA. Pregnant Adolescents. Geneva: WHO, 2006.

    UNFPA (2005). State of World Population 2005: The Promise of Equality. New York: Author.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:20 06/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Bullshit and feminist propaganda. For most of human history the life expectancy was lower than 30 years. It would be ridiculous to think that we evolved in a way to make the best interval to have children to be between 25 and 35 years.

    Women are least likely to have problems before 30 and as long as they ovulate the younger the better.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:21 06/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    @06:33
    And in what kind of developed country will you find a large enough pool of under 15's trying to give birth?
    Obviously not a very sensible comparison.

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    Comment by Myballz
    13:33 06/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    There are cases of woman over the age of 40 and up giving birth to healthy children if you don't believe me look up and search "Women at 60 having Babies".

    Even the case of two lucky girls at the age of 9 and 12 survived having children which was probability of luck on there side to tell the tale to the media.A lot of us don't like to see children be sexuality exploited but shit happens and its sad we can't always stop every person who want's to touch a boy or girl all we can do is prevent it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:23 06/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    "The mortality rates for girls younger than 15 are even higher."

    Sure, but mortality rates for girls between 15 and 25, if you discount the very poor that do have not proper care during the pregnancy is considerably lower than for girls between 25 and 35.

    Obviously at very young ages women are not fully prepared to bear children, but the vast majority of women are fully developed and in their prime to have children between 14 and 17 years.

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    Comment by Gitami
    03:44 07/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    The older we have children, the more our DNA has deteriorated.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504763_162-57499075-10391704/older-fathers-more-likely-to-pass-on-autism-linked-genetic-mutations-to-offspring-study-shows/
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-19336438g

    The two articles are of an Icelandic research that found older dads tend to father children with genetic mutations. So age does matter for men, likely the same for women.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:02 08/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    @08:56 - if they think they should be allowed to have sex with them then they have to consider it a possibility, meaning they shouldn't even consider risking it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:56 08/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    not all guys who want 12 year old girls want to have kids.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:22 07/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    There is a sweet spot. Too young is as bad as too old, but at least an older woman would be able to handle birth or lack of birth far better than a young girl (who has to deal with school and her future as well and physical and mental aspects).

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:24 06/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yes, but the reason your chances for a "safe and healthy birth" drop are different on both ends of the spectrum. At ~40 complications can occur due to age. At say ~20 or later teens, it generally isn't a matter of being too young or giving birth at an unsafe age. It has much more to do with patients being unwilling or unable to seek help during pregnancy and child birth. At this end of the spectrum it's social problems and stigma that drops the stats.

    At a certain point it does become unsafe for the female to become pregnant, due to "medical concerns". But that age is certainly much lower than mid 20's. Within reason, probably later teens for most people, it is evolutionarily advantageous to bear children, "the younger the better".

    "The older we have children, the more our DNA has deteriorated."
    And umm, ya. That's not the reason behind the stats.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:31 06/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    "It has everything to do with the fact that the body of a young would-be mother isn't fully developed and getting a whole baby out of there is relatively harder. Go ask a gynecologist if you don't believe me."

    Bullshit. Life expectancy was less than 30 for almost all of human existence.

    Women's body is already fully developed to have children between 14 and 18 years for the largest majority of female populace. Only in very odd cases a 18 year old isn't at her prime to have children, and she will be much less likely to have pregnancy problems than a 25 years old as long as they take similar care with themselves.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:45 06/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    It has much more to do with patients being unwilling or unable to seek help during pregnancy and child birth.

    It has everything to do with the fact that the body of a young would-be mother isn't fully developed and getting a whole baby out of there is relatively harder. Go ask a gynecologist if you don't believe me.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Well keep telling yourself that, paedophile.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:18 09/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hilarious because it's true.

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    Comment by God
    20:38 05/04/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    And 40% are liars.

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    Comment by an orgasmic loli
    02:50 06/04/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    it's been a while since i've been here!

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    Comment by Anonymous
    04:46 06/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Maybe waving your transcript didn't save your mouth from being pounded when you got too uppity loli :)

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    Comment by Uncommon0taku
    07:13 06/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    mieyaoe - same here!

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:00 05/04/2013 # ! Good (+0.8)

    “Women are like balls!
    14 = rugby balls, with 30 guys chasing them.
    18 = footballs, with 22 guys after them.
    24 = hockey pucks, with 8 guys looking to hit on them.
    35 = ping pong balls, with 2 guys batting them towards each other.
    48 = golf balls, with 1 guy slowly strolling after them.
    60 = dodge balls, with everyone trying to get out of their way.
    88 = bowling balls, everyone is quietly trying to roll them down the alley.”

    Man this post made me laugh so hard!!!

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    Comment by Rokudaime
    09:23 06/04/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Same here! This 2ch post is friggin' genius! XD

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:36 06/04/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Did this person invent this themselves? It's brilliant!

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    Comment by Gradius
    10:35 06/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Laugh? Why? Is just the TRUE!

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    Comment by Uncommon0taku
    07:15 06/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    uh, nao I gotta ask - hao hard are you nao?

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:29 05/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Going by how they included goalkeepers in the football case, the hockey scenario calls for some heavy penalty killing.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:52 05/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! nande?

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:50 05/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    AAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAAHAHHAAHHAHAHAHAHAHA
    DODGEBALL<

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:56 06/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    But, it is also true. Especially for those Japanese.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:31 05/04/2013 # ! Good (+0.7)

    Why demonize men for liking their women young? Women like their men rich. If this is a marketplace, then the capability of a man to provide for his woman and her offspring is a man's worth. The fertility of a woman, - which usually translates into youth and beauty - is her worth.

    She wants a man that makes 6 figures a year? She better be 15 AND hot. Being "smart and successful" doesn't do much when you're 35. Having a career or an education (especially in Communications and other worthless degrees) doesn't compensate for it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:55 06/04/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    You went overboard with the 15 there...

    Why would a damn teenager girl need a rich old man at their side...? They are still being maintained by their parents at home and, probably, have all their basic needs well attended and only want unnecessary material things.

    Only a greedy, superficial 15-year-old girl would think that way, NOT to mention all the troubles a man could go over there in Japan for dating an underage...

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:39 06/04/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Sorry to break the news for you, but a disposable greedy superficial and HOT 15-year old girl is every man's dream.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:09 06/04/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Speak for yourself, anon 06:39.

    Doesn't change the fact that only a tiny percentage of them (if at all) will want to pursue a relationship with rich old man with the serious intent of marriage, so it doesn't really matter either way. And neither would some powerful zaibatsu tycoon, for the simple reason of image and PR concerns alone. Leaves upper middle class men, and as for those, see the start of this paragraph.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:12 06/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Who exactly wants a seriously relationship with the intention of marriage with any woman? Why buy something that gets worse and more expensive with time, when you can rent it always fresh?

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:07 06/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    surely 15 is wayyy too old. make it 12 and then we can strike a deal.

    Comment by Dark Mage
    03:30 06/04/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Really when you give it some serious thought 15 is just too immature.

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    Comment by Chen-04

    No, I think he is right.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:20 06/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    He clearly went overboard. 15 is TOO OLD!

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:44 05/04/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    I'm not seeing the "as young as possible" claim. Just that 60% of Japanese men claim to not mind how young a girl is.

    But given the question posed, that answer definitely includes young girls and not just adults.

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    Comment by Asian Guy
    22:13 05/04/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    “Any age is fine – as long as they’re 2D!”

    This comment wins, 2D is best.

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    Comment by yuriphoria
    00:09 06/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    2D stays young forever.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:25 06/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    chiyo-baa is 2D, even with edo tensei..she still old...
    or girl prefer kame sennin..?

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:42 06/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    If only life was actually this easy, eh...?







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