While the low birth rate and sex drive of Japanese youth has been a meme for the past decade, the public is concerned. A recent study found that a large portion of the heterosexual adult population retained their virginities between ages 18 and 39. For men, it has risen from 20% in 1992 to almost 25.8% by 2015. For women, it increased from 21.7% in 1992 to 24.6% in 2015.
By comparison, the heterosexual adults of the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia appeared much more sexually experienced with only between 1 and 5% of the population not losing their virginities.
The survey was conducted by researchers in the public health department at the University of Tokyo. Peter Ueda, one of the principal authors of the study declared “Sexual inexperience has become a national concern in Japan, but previous reports did not examine the trend across different age groups and socioeconomic backgrounds.”
He and his collaborators believe their report to be the first of its kind to actually utilize nationally sourced data.
Still, there is plenty that remains unaccounted for. The research project only inquired about heterosexual experiences, defining sexual intercourse and virginity loss as vaginal penetration between a woman and man. Besides excluding anyone who may have identified as LBGTQIA, it also made the presumption that all married couples have successfully engaged in sexual activity.
One interesting trend in the study discovered that men who make less money have a more difficult time getting laid, especially compared to women of similar socioeconomic status. The implication being that the more money one has to spend on outings or gifts, or the greater their financial security, the easier it is to pick up dates or pursue romances.
Ueda notes that the majority of people surveyed indicated that they wished to lead sexually fulfilling lives, marry, and start families. They wanted sex, but weren’t able to obtain it.
The popularity of pornography, dating simulators. hentai, and virtual spouses has been blamed for contributing to the sexless lives of Japanese adults. Critics say the ability to find gratification or sexual imagination outside of other people ruins the ability of such enthusiasts to find actual partners in the real world.
Making matters worse, sex remains an extremely taboo subject. Men who talk about it are seen as perverts and women who converse on it are seen as damaged or used.
Over 20% of Japan’s population is over the age of 65 with vast swaths of people dying out faster than can be born. In 2017, less than 950,000 recorded births occurred.
The nation might have to reevaluate its attitudes moving forward.