Suicide and Sex deficit in Japan (Blogs From a Jamaican Living in Asia)

Suicide is so bad in Japan that a group had to come together to help prevent it…Anti suicide site raises yen with clicks:

A private group launched a suicide-prevention Web site to raise funds to combat the social scourge.
The site, Joining Efforts to Prevent Suicides with a Click ( www.inochinobokin.jp/ ), allows each visitor to make one click a day, which triggers a ¥1 donation to a volunteer group that is trying to reduce suicides in Japan, according to Stop!
The Suicide Conference, an organization set up by four media and consulting companies.
When the number of clicks reaches a certain level, Home-One Law Office, which helps people in debt, will donate the yen equivalent to the Federation of Inochi No Denwa Inc., which offers round-the-clock suicide counseling services.
Why do Japanese people like to commit suicide?
With more than 30,000 people in Japan taking their lives each year for the past 11 years, the conference said it hopes to raise public awareness through the Web site.

http://search.japantimes.co.jp/mail/nn20091211b2.html

Sex Deficit in Japan

  

From an economist’s point of view, the rallying cry to cure Japan’s ills the pa st two decades has often been, “Spend, Japan, spend!” From a demographer’s point of view, the cry is more: “Procreate, Japan, procreate!” A survey last week underscores the growing problems of the latter point. The number of single men has reached a record high in the aging nation of 127 million, according to a survey by the National Institute of Population and Social Security Research. The number of single men aged 18 to 34 rose 9.2% from the previous survey in 2005.

About 61% of unmarried adult men don’t have a girlfriend, while half the adult women surveyed don’t have a husband or a boyfriend. Worse still, 45% of the men and women who don’t have a girlfriend/boyfriend/spouse are not interested in finding one, either. One in four unmarried men and women in their late 30s have never had sex, the survey found.

A vast majority of the single men and women surveyed – 86% and 89%, respectively – say they one day want to tie the knot. The largest roadblock, according to the survey authors, is financial concerns – more than 40% of the singletons surveyed said money worries are a top reason they don’t marry. But is that really the case? In the survey, 90% of unmarried young Japanese women preferred to stay single. That compares to a study earlier this year by Japan Family Planning Association that showed 36% of males aged 16 to 19 were “indifferent or averse” toward having sex, a 19% increase from a 2008 survey. Meanwhile, 59% of teenage females surveyed said they weren’t interested in sex, a nearly 12% increase in two years.

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