Japan’s young people are not very interested in dating … but they’re not very interested in casual sex, either. According to a 2011 study, 61% of unmarried Japanese men and 49% of women aged 18 to 34 are not in any kind of romantic relationship—a figure that’s up 10% from five years prior. And a third of Japanese people under 30 have never dated at all. Meanwhile, another survey found 45% of women and more than a quarter of men aged 16 to 24 “were not interested in or despised sexual contact.” In Japan, they’re calling this new phenomenon “sekkusu shinai shokogun,” or “celibacy syndrome,” reports the Guardian, and it’s a big worry in a country with a rapidly shrinking population.
So what’s causing it? Some young professionals tell the paper that trying to balance a career and a relationship is “mendokusai”—too troublesome. “I don’t earn a huge salary to go on dates and I don’t want the responsibility of a woman hoping it might lead to marriage,” says a 31-year-old man who says he has simply ” learned to live without sex.”
I wonder also how much of this phenomenon is down to what appears to be a hardwired Japanese (male) sexual preference for adolescent girls, coupled with increasing regulation of such relationships between men and younger females?
10 years ago, the age of consent in Japan was 13, and a majority of Japanese schoolgirls were apparently engaging in ‘dates for gifts’ with older men. Due to Western and native feminist pressure, this has largely been obliterated.
While the aim of Japanese legislators might have been to encourage 20 something males to start coupling with 20 something females, it seems that Japanese men prefer not to be effectively raped by feminists, and choose instead to fap off to hentai porn and pictures of sweet Japanese teenies in bikinis.