An earth-shattering 90% of young women surveyed by Japan’s Institute of Population and Social Security say that staying single seems much more preferable than what they imagine marriage to be like.
The shocking report comes from an article by The Guardian’s Abigail Haworth about how young Japanese people are apparently having a lot less sex than most young populations.
This is terrible considering Japan is currently suffering a population crisis, due to the country’s low birth rate and the prediction that its population of 126 million is expected to plummet 30% by 2060.
Haworth also cites a report from the Japan Family Planning Association (JFPA) stating that 45% of Japanese women aged 16-24 “were not interested in or despised sexual contact.”
25% of Japanese men gave the same answer.
Though casual sex is still significantly common in Japan, Haworth writes, a 2011 survey found that 61% of unmarried men and 49% of women aged 18-34 were not sexually active , a 10% increase from five years before.
Haworth believes that the primary reason dating and sex have declined among Japanese young adults is the fact that men and women have much different long-term goals. Men are becoming less career-driven while women are valuing their careers more than romance and the idea of having a family.
Another huge factor is that it’s not uncommon for women to be let go by their employers after getting married, since marriage typically leads to children in Asia. A BBC report from March found that %70 of Japanese women left their jobs after having their first child.
“Both men and women say to me they don’t see the point of love,” Japanese sex counselor Ai Aoyama told Haworth. “They don’t believe it can lead anywhere. Relationships have become too hard.”