A new Japanese study, conducted by the National Institute of Population and Social Security Research and released on Thursday, held some quite frightening news for the land of the rising sun. The survey of Japanese people aged 18 to 34 found that around 42 percent of single men and 44.2 percent of single women admitted they were still virgins.
“The government won’t be pleased that sexlessness is becoming as Japanese as sumo and sake”, Mizuho Aoki writes over at Japan Times. “The administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has talked up boosting the birthrate through support for child care, but until the nation bones up on bedroom gymnastics, there’ll be no medals to hand out. Far from getting together and getting it on, the sexes are growing apart. There are now many more virgins than in 2010, when the last study was conducted.”
But why are so many young Japanese still virgins? “They want to tie the knot eventually. But they tend to put it off as they have gaps between their ideals and the reality,” said Futoshi Ishii, head of the NIPSSR’s population dynamics research department. “That’s why people marry later or stay single for life, contributing to the nation’s low birthrate.” But there’s still hope out there. Volunteers over at Reddit agreed to do fly over to Japan and try to lower the virginity rate as soon as possible. Thanks, Internet!
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