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!”