Middle-aged men are enjoying great popularity amongst younger Japanese women, with some 40% of women preferring older men, and 20% of these only being interested in men at least 10 years older than them, with men in their forties being particularly popular.
Observers speculate that this may be due to the “manly aura” of such older men as compared to the effete younger generations, and of course that women know that the Japanese pay structure vastly favours older men.
When asked “Do you prefer your lover to be older or younger?” most women (40%) in their twenties responded “older,” not itself an unexpected result.
However, the extent of their preference for older men is perhaps surprising: 20% wanted men at least 10 years older than them, whilst 38.2% wanted older men up to 9 years their senior. 26.5% did not have any preference regarding age.
Predictably, most men in their forties after younger women weren’t picky, with 47.4% not caring about how much younger their partner is.
When asked about their actual experience with dating, 48.4% of young women had dated older men, whilst 60.4% of men in their forties reported experience dating younger women.
The survey did not ask for the reasons respondents displayed these preferences, but a marriage counsellor discretely mentions what may be the main reason:
“Women start becoming conscious of marriage after the age of 25, and they start to become realistic about romance too. When they think about having and rearing children, very few women actually want to keep working at the same pace for the rest of their life.”
Considering the pitiful birth rates Japan enjoys, possibly their interest in having children is being overstated; however, it is undeniable that Japanese men enjoy their peak earnings in their forties and fifties, and it is well established that a great many female marriage seekers have no interest in working…
A female author delving into this preference offers another interesting interpretation, saying this may be a reaction against the unmanliness of younger men, with women preferring more masculine partners only finding satisfaction in much older men.
Sex is, she says, “a very important factor,” and compared to younger “herbivorous” men these older men are more likely to be “carnivorous” and to have a “manly aura.”
Perhaps more pointedly, just what is to become of all these unwanted young men in their twenties, with their low incomes and “lack of experience” or “lack of manliness”? A growing proportion of these seem to be becoming “middle-aged virgins“…