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Why nearly half of Japanese under 40s are virgins

Almost half of young Japanese people are virgins because they don’t have time to date and prefer alternatives such as pornography and sex robots, a documentary has found.  

Some 44 per cent of unmarried women and 42 per cent of unmarried men in Japan admitted they were virgins in The 2015 National Fertility Survey.

The study also found 60 per cent of women and 70 per cent of men aged 18-34 said they were single.

Now, as the government battles to increase the birthrate, a TV documentary by The Feed titled Sex in Japan: Dying for Company has attempted to answer why young people are having less sex.   

Almost half of young Japanese people are virgins because they don’t have time to date and prefer alternatives such as pornography and sex robots, a documentary has found (stock image of Tokyo)

Some 60 per cent of women and 70 per cent of men aged 18-34 said they were single. Pictured: Magazines at a sex shop in Japan

Some 60 per cent of women and 70 per cent of men aged 18-34 said they were single. Pictured: Magazines at a sex shop in Japan

One main reason was that people said they are working increasingly long hours with low job security, meaning they are struggling to find time to date.

City worker Taiyo Hashimoto, 26, told the show: ‘I’m supposed to finish work at 7pm but I work overtime basically every day.’

He said he regularly stays at work until the last train home at midnight and when he rarely does socialise, he attends drinks with his boss.

‘I have to keep up with him, which is hard on me. He has a drink. So do I. He asks for another, so do I. That’s what you’re expected to do,’ he said.

With full-time work declining for those aged 18-34, it is thought many Japanese people are worried about getting married and having children without long-term job security and sound finances. 

Hashimoto also explained that the abundance of alternatives to sex means there is less urgency to find a girlfriend. 

people said they are working increasingly long hours with low job security and poor prospects for higher pay, meaning they are struggling to find time to date (stock image)

people said they are working increasingly long hours with low job security and poor prospects for higher pay, meaning they are struggling to find time to date (stock image)

Japan has multibillion-dollar sex industry made up of hostess bars, fetish clubs, masturbation clubs, and more. Pictured: Neon lights in the red light district of Kabukicho in Shinjuku, Tokyo

Japan has multibillion-dollar sex industry made up of hostess bars, fetish clubs, masturbation clubs, and more. Pictured: Neon lights in the red light district of Kabukicho in Shinjuku, Tokyo

Japan has multibillion-dollar sex industry made up of hostess bars, fetish clubs, masturbation clubs, love hotels, sex shops, maid cafes and a rapid rise in the popularity of increasingly realistic sex dolls and robots. 

‘Men go to brothels or massage parlours, fuelled by after-work drinks with their colleagues. That sort of thing is common,’ Hashimoto explained.

Relationship therapist Ai Aoyama added: ‘There are lots of places for men to have fun. Men don’t have to bother having a girlfriend.’ 

It has long been know that people’s reluctance to enter relationships is affecting the county’s birthrate. 

In May, statistics revealed the number of children in Japan has fallen for the 37th consecutive year despite the country’s efforts to offset its ageing population.

A sign at a sex shop in Tokyo

A sign at a sex shop in Tokyo

There were 15.53 million children under the age of 14 in Japan as of April 1, 2018.

This is a decrease of 170,000 from the previous year and continues the downward spiral which started in 1981, according to the data by the Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry.

The decline in numbers also isn’t likely to end soon as older children made up the largest section of the category, with 3.26 million 12 to 14-year-olds.

Only Tokyo showed an increase in the amount of children compared to the previous year, despite efforts by the Shinzo Abe government to encourage adults to have more youngsters.

Children made up just 12.3 per cent of Japan’s total population of 126 million – in contract to the US’s 18.9 per cent and China’s 16.8 per cent, report CNN.

Japan wishes to increase its fertility rate – the average number of children a woman in the country has in her lifetime – by 0.35 to 1.8 by the end of 2025, according to the Japan Times.

The government is aiming to reach this goal through one time cash payments.

Unlike many other industrialised countries who have been struggling with low birth rates, Japan has failed to increase its population through immigrants.

Foreigners made up 1.3 per cent of Japan’s population in 2013 compared to seven per cent for the US, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

A projection by the Japanese Health Ministry suspects that Japan’s population will plunge to 86.74 million by 2060 – leaving the country’s economy with a problem.

The steady decline in numbers will mean less workers paying taxes to support an ever ageing population in need of pensions and healthcare. 

Japan wishes to increase its fertility rate - the average number of children a woman in the country has in her lifetime - by 0.35 to 1.8 by the end of 2025, according to the Japan Times. Pictured: 

Japan wishes to increase its fertility rate – the average number of children a woman in the country has in her lifetime – by 0.35 to 1.8 by the end of 2025, according to the Japan Times. Pictured: 

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