Japan’s low interest in sex contributes to birth rate drop

7 years ago by in Japan Tagged:

Japan has the fastest aging population in all the developed countries and the fact that its youngsters do not seem interested in having sex or dating anymore can only contribute to the country’s falling birthrate, experts think.

“Millions are not even dating, and increasing numbers can not be bothered with sex,” wrote the international press. “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.”

A survey in 2013 by the Japan Family Planning Association (JFPA) found that 45 percent of women aged 16-24 “were not interested in or despised sexual contact”, while more than a quarter of men felt the same way.

Japan’s population fell by a bit more than two-tenths of a percent last year, to 127.515 million and about 30 million of that population is over 65. “The decline of 284,000 in the total population, which also included foreign nationals, was the largest of its kind since officials began compiling comparable data in 1950,” according to the media.

“The effects of a population decrease are already being felt,” noted an editorial in the local press. “Cases in which road bridges have been closed to traffic because of a lack of funds for maintenance and a drop in the number of users are increasing. Forests exist whose owners are now unknown. The number of vacant houses are increasing. Some municipalities have passed by-laws under which they will demolish vacant houses that have become dangerously dilapidated.”