Veteran of Misadventures
Study Shows Japanese Are Not Having Sex; Work, Internet Are Blamed
Survey: 40 Pct. in Japan Not Having Sex
By HIROKO TABUCHI, Associated Press Writer
Wed Mar 14, 8:33 PM
TOKYO - The secret behind Japan's plunging birth rate? A record 39.7 percent of Japanese citizens ages 16-49 have not had sex for over a month _ up 5 percentage points from two years ago _ according to a survey published this week by the Japan Family Planning Association.
Among married couples, the rate was only slightly lower, at 34.6 percent.
"This is very bad news for the country's birth rate, and something the government needs to look into urgently," said Dr. Kunio Kitamura, the family planning association's director.
The survey comes amid concerns over Japan's faltering birthrate, which fell in 2005 to a record low of 1.26 births in an average woman's lifetime. The decline has stoked fears of impeding tax revenue shortfalls and labor shortages.
"The situation is dismal," Kitamura said. "My research shows that if you don't have sex for a month, you probably won't for a year."
Kitamura partly blamed stress from busy working lives.
A decline in physical communication skills in an increasingly Web-based society was also a factor, he said.
The association said it handed out survey forms to 2,713 randomly selected people, and received responses from 636 men and 773 women in November 2006. It gave no margin of error. In a similar poll taken two years ago, 35 percent reported having no sex for a month.
Japan came last in a 29-country study of sexual satisfaction published by the University of Chicago last year, with a mere 25.7 percent of lovers expressing satisfaction in bed.
The country was also in last place among 41 nations in a 2005 poll by condom manufacturer Durex, with people having sex just 45 times a year compared to a global average of 103.
Last edited by EagerBeaver; 03-15-2007 at 07:32 AM.
sounds like I'd fit in perfectly there...
Is a "no sex" marriage worse than a "same sex" marriage?
I find this study to be flawed. In another study done on the same topic, the delcine in sex was the result of the disconnect between genders. Also, more and more Japanese men and women are finding relationships too messy, tiring and potentially humiliating to bother with anymore.
Sinbad, I don't see the relation between your post and the thread?
Originally Posted by metoo4
Sorry if I was being obscure: There was a joke going around that went something like:
Qu. "Are you in favour of same sex marriage?"
Ans. "No, I think it's better if you have a bit of variety!"
I was just playing around with that joke.