No sex please, we're Japanese
October 20, 2013 12:27 PM Subscribe
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Young people in Japan are increasingly abstaining from romantic relationships and sex
. The media refers to this phenomenon as sekkusu shinai shokogun
, or "celibacy syndrome".
Marriage has been declining in Japan for some time, partly due to institutional discrimination in Japanese industry, with married women often being routinely passed over for promotions and mothers expected to resign their jobs and become dependent housewives. However, now it seems that a significant proportion of younger adults in Japan are abstaining from romantic relationships and sexual intimacy altogether, with surveys showing large numbers of people not being in a relationship (61% of unmarried men and 49% of women aged 18-34
) or having never dated (30% of single men under 30
). Another survey found that 45% of single women aged 16-24 and over a quarter of men in the age group "were not interested in or despised sexual contact". Meanwhile, in 2011, sales of adult diapers exceeded those for babies for the first time
. And young men and women are eschewing dating and pursuing their own separate lives.