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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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