Why have young people in Japan stopped having sex?


The Guardian:

Why have young people in Japan stopped having sex?

Japan’s under-40s appear to be losing interest in conventional relationships. Millions aren’t even dating, and increasing numbers can’t be bothered with sex. For their government, “celibacy syndrome” is part of a looming national catastrophe. Japan already has one of the world’s lowest birth rates. Its population of 126 million, which has been shrinking for the past decade, is projected to plunge a further one-third by 2060. Aoyama believes the country is experiencing “a flight from human intimacy” – and it’s partly the government’s fault.
The number of single people has reached a record high. A survey in 2011 found that 61% of unmarried men and 49% of women aged 18-34 were not in any kind of romantic relationship, a rise of almost 10% from five years earlier. Another study found that a third of people under 30 had never dated at all. (There are no figures for same-sex relationships.) Although there has long been a pragmatic separation of love and sex in Japan – a country mostly free of religious morals – sex fares no better. A survey earlier this year by the Japan Family Planning Association (JFPA) found that 45% of women aged 16-24 “were not interested in or despised sexual contact”. More than a quarter of men felt the same way.
Official alarmism doesn’t help. Fewer babies were born here in 2012 than any year on record. (This was also the year, as the number of elderly people shoots up, that adult incontinence pants outsold baby nappies in Japan for the first time.) Kunio Kitamura, head of the JFPA, claims the demographic crisis is so serious that Japan “might eventually perish into extinction”.
Is Japan providing a glimpse of all our futures? Many of the shifts there are occurring in other advanced nations, too. Across urban Asia, Europe and America, people are marrying later or not at all, birth rates are falling, single-occupant households are on the rise and, in countries where economic recession is worst, young people are living at home. But demographer Nicholas Eberstadt argues that a distinctive set of factors is accelerating these trends in Japan. These factors include the lack of a religious authority that ordains marriage and family, the country’s precarious earthquake-prone ecology that engenders feelings of futility, and the high cost of living and raising children.

Quite a long article so I tried to pick the most relevant sections.
I agree with the author a lot of other countries are probably headed down the same path.
Here in the US, I don’t think we’re in danger of a “celibacy epidemic” anytime soon but our birthrates will keep falling due to hookup culture, DINKs & stay-at-home singles.


I recall Jesus saying that in the last days (I don’t know if these are or not) they will teach that it is wrong to marry.

Also, in many “advanced” societies today, especially in Japan but also here in the US, the cost of living and, particularly, the cost of raising children is much too high.

Not only are our taxes too high–nearly 50% total–but the cost of housing, autos and “required” insurance (now, especially, obamacare), makes the raising of children and especially multiple children very hard.

This is all quite wrong, for God in Genesis says to “be fruitful and multiply” both to Adam and Eve and to Noah after the Flood.


Social networks.


The US is headed that way. There are more people in the 20 living single with their parents than there are married people in 20s.


How can one of the most common human drives be in decline? Marriage is not the issue, they are simply showing no interest in sex. That’s rather alarming.
Could it have something to do with what I am currently typing on?


Not necessarily a bad thing. Sure beats hearing that promiscuity is running rampant.


You’re assuming there is not some other kind of sexual sin involved with this. One can think of some, but the discussion would probably not pass the 'eeewwwww" test.


Up until World War II, most people didn’t marry until around age 28, plus or minus a few years. With an average age of 26 today, we are simply returning to normal after the Baby Boom, which was impart a reaction to loosing 50 million people worldwide to World War II.


I recall seeing a video once stating that Japan’s otaku culture may have something to do with it. Young Japanese adults and teenagers are exposed to massive amounts of pornographic anime that lead to wildly unrealistic expectations of sex.


When Jesus is in his passion and he turns to the women of Jerusalem, and tells them not to weep, he states something very important in regards to morality, which is what this thread is about, its in Luke 23:28-30

But Jesus turning to them said, "Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children.
29 For behold, the days are coming when they will say, Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bore, and the breasts that never gave suck!' 30 Then they will begin to say to the mountains,Fall on us’; and to the hills, `Cover us.’


Sex is way overrated. People who think the primitive rewards of sex are great ought to try the spiritual rewards found in religion.


I know why are choosing to be celibate. Their porn content. It’s not that uncommon for them to prefer “2D” girls over real women. Did you know in Japan it’s illegal to take pictures on your Iphone or Ipod without the shutter clicking noise on? That’s because people of that country have come to a point where they’re so perverted that they take pictures of each other in public.


I dunno, isn’t the nuptial union supposed to reflect the ecstasy of the beatific vision? Hard to overrate that. :wink:

But sex as it’s “sold” (maybe no quotes needed) by secular society? Yeah, that’s overrated.




Medium age of marriage in 1940s was 24 for men and 21 for women. In 1920s it was 24.6 for men and 21.2 for women.


Was there ever a time when people didn’t marry until almost 30 in the US?


Also, in many “advanced” societies today, especially in Japan but also here in the US, the cost of living and, particularly, the cost of raising children is much too high.

Even with the growing oppression of the entitlement state fueled by taxes, it’s largely a myth.

Too many people fall for this nonsense that they either should abort the child or not have any if they can’t give them each their own car, laptop and college education.

It’s just people being selfish in too many cases and being blind to a certain kind of humility.

By doing this, we play right into the hands of eugenics atheists and secularists who think that no more than 2 billion healthy people should live on the earth at a time. :rolleyes:


Perhaps many, but not all. Today’s generation of young adults in Japan (and most other wealthy countries too) grew up in a time when things were considerably more prosperous, and their parents doted on them because of liberal abortion laws. They’ve grown up with a social expectation that it’s normal to have small families and to dote on only one or two children. In Japan in particular, there’s a culture of conformity–people don’t want to stand out by having a large family.


The article is about young people not having sex, not being in romantic relationships, not dating.

It is not about marrying and practicing contraception, etc.




Then they will pay the price.

It’s really that simple.

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