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Japanese Youths Indifferent Towards Real-Life Sex

WSJ Japan has an interesting article where young Japanese are seemingly indifferent or averse” towards having sex based on a Sep 2010 survey results by the Japan Family Planning Association.

According to the survey, 36% of males aged 16 to 19 surveyed described themselves as “indifferent or averse” towards having sex (approx 19% increase since the survey was last conducted in 2008). Women seem to be even more reluctant to consider having sex, where 59% of female respondents aged 16 to 19 said they were uninterested in or averse to sex (approx 12% increase since 2008).

“Herbivore men” is a term that gained increasing currency in Japan in 2010, describing young men who are passive and less ambitious in their romantic relationships with women than previous generations. Speaking on NHK, Japan’s national public broadcasting organization, Mr. Kunio explained, “The findings seem to reflect the increasing shallowness of human relations in today’s busy society.”

The study, which surveyed 1,301 people aged 16 to 49, also provided a glimpse of sexual behavior amongst married couples. It found that approximately 40% of married respondents had not had sex in the past month, a 4% increase from the same survey conducted two years earlier and nearly 10% higher than in 2004. The 330 married respondents cited “vague reluctance after child birth,” “can’t be bothered,” and “fatigue from work” as the top three reasons for not being proactive about having sex.

Source: WSJ Japan Real Time

Pretty interesting results considering that Japan has a abundance of adult videos and eroges but the youths seems to be displaying their indifference.

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  • Maha

    Another good thing about dating older men.. those weak-minded ‘children’ tsk D:

  • http://sabekujikaneda.multiply.com Sabekuji Kaneda

    This is actually a good thing. At least we now know that they’re not engaging in relationships for shallow reasons like having sex. Why can’t all youth be like this?

    Also, IMO it’s a bad thing to even have sex at such a young age. If SHTF, will you be able to take responsibility? If SHTF, you’ll just be a burden to your parents who maybe already having a hard time raising you. It’s simple common sense, really. But I guess common sense isn’t so common nowadays.

    • Blacksun88

      indeed… totally agree on your view points. glad there are more people with opinion like this

  • http://orphicanime.wordpress.com Niku

    I guess there won’t be a reversal of the declining Japanese birthrate anytime soon then.

  • yasuragi

    agreed with sabekuji. but at the same time this is reall sad.
    40% of married coples havnt had sex in the past month. were is their enthusiasm. its so sad. its only human after all.

    • yasuragi

      oops. no delete option?

  • yasuragi

    agreed with sabekuji. but at the same time this is reall sad.
    40% of married coples havnt had sex in the past month. were is their enthusiasm. its so sad. its only human after all. are we becoming a humanity without emotion? or enthusiasm to love? and show of affection to the special lady? seriously these guys. tsk tsk

    • Alex

      Since when are love, emotion, and affection equivalent to sex?

  • Duke of Yashima

    I think generally young Japanese don’t know how to be close to each other. They’re risk-adverse: why bother with real girls if you can play Love Plus and get instant (but false) gratification.

  • http://mugenxgattai.wordpress.com ShouTakuya

    Japanese people are so busy with something, so I think they dont have enough time for that kind of stuff.

    Plus there are things like, Tenga, Air dolls and Eroge.

  • http://www.youtube.com/squirrelywrath2 Kyle

    So is the Japanese population like… preparing to die?