Have Japanese people lost interest in sex?

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Ever heard about the lack of interest in sex in Japan? This leads to several problems such as low birth rates, social isolation and others. In this article, we will take a detailed look at why the Japanese have lost interest in sex.

Studies suggest that Japan is shifting towards a sexless society. Life in Japan has changed dramatically since the 1990s, and a small and growing portion of society seems to be struggling to find happiness in relationships.

Already a large percentage of the population is now choosing to let sex fall by the wayside. Japanese youth culture is changing, and more and more young people are simply choosing to do without the physical aspects of intimacy.

In 2010, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare of Japan found that 36% of Japanese between 16 and 19 years old had no interest in sex. That number doubled over two years. What reasons do Japanese people lose interest in sex?

Celibacy Syndrome

Lack of interest in sex is known to sekkusu shinai shokogun [セックスしない症候群] or “celibacy syndrome”. Research carried out states that more than 50% of the population did not have sex for up to a month. 

Even married Japanese people say they don't have much sex most of the time because they arrive tired from work or simply have no interest.

Another term used for Japanese people who don't have sex is soushoku danshi [草食男子] literally meaning "grass-eating men" or "herbivores". These men are usually heterosexuals who describe themselves as sensitive and generally not interested in sex.

Have Japanese people lost interest in sex?

No interest in relationships

The Japanese have not lost interest in sex, the adult entertainment industry in Japan is huge and active. The big problem is that many Japanese have never dated or are even virgins. 

Despite the lack of relationships, interest in sex is common among young people. Many suffer from shyness or social isolation but end up getting involved with erotic media, objects of sexual pleasure or even prostitution.

in fact the prostitution is not something difficult to access in Japan, even for free it is possible to relate. For many Japanese, a virtual girlfriend or 2D character is less work than a real relationship.

Many Japanese end up finding other ways to have sexual pleasure without needing the opposite sex. Some young people prefer to bond with anime and game characters rather than real people.

Others really want to have a real relationship, but make no effort to achieve it.


Why the lack of interest?

Several factors make it difficult for the Japanese to get a relationship or marriage, such as:

  • Social isolation;
  • Lack of contact;
  • shyness;
  • overwork;
  • Perfectionism;
  • Lack of interest;
  • Other ways to achieve sexual pleasure;
  • They think that dating is too much work;

What do you think about analyzing each of the points mentioned?

Lack of relationships due to shyness

Shyness in Japan is one of the main visible causes that prevent young Japanese from relating. If you live in Brazil and know shy people, you can imagine the difficulties they face, I am one of those people.

In Brazil this is simpler because we are surrounded by people who interact without any shame, now imagine a scenario where most people are shy? If no one takes action, you end up alone.

Shyness ends up being so great that even perverts from Japan are arrested not for rape but for stealing panties or doing other things that don't involve sex between 2 people.

Have Japanese people lost interest in sex?

Lack of sex because of work

Since the mid-1990s, Japan's economy has stagnated and prices have risen. This has made it increasingly difficult for young people to leave home and have a life of their own. They have to work to support their luxuries and pay for a cubicle.

Even some couples end up going months without having sex, especially after their first child. Some say they work too much and come home tired.

Is this really the real reason? Most of the time people waste their time on the computer, cell phone or drinking in a bar instead of keeping company for their spouse.

Women often have to choose between a career and a family. According to some statistics, around 70% of Japanese women are essentially forced out of work after their first child.

Have Japanese people lost interest in sex?

Other reasons

Unfortunately many marriages happen in Japan not for love but for status and a desire to stabilize. It's not as big as in other countries, but there are cases of infidelity in marriage, sometimes both know about the cases but don't care.

Some don't even consider it cheating to find sexual pleasure outside of marriage, some consider sex only a way to get pleasure and not love. Others simply feel that the commitment of a relationship is too much of a burden.

Some experts suggest that sexist attitudes in the male population have also caused a lack of sex. Men have begun to explore other lifestyles, as they cannot or cannot find a partner.

You know the old cliché of virgin nerds? Studies suggest that well-educated people tend to have less sex than their less-educated peers. Considering Japan has one of the best education systems in the world, it makes sense…

Interest in sex

Is birth really to blame for lack of sex?

The fact that Japanese people don't have many children doesn't mean they don't have sex. This is the result of a capitalist and intelligent society, so much so that it is very common to see people without financial conditions having 10 children in Brazil and rich people having only 1, 2 or none.

If the person is intelligent, he will not have children without being able to raise them, many Japanese couples think about this. So much so that only 2% of children born in Japan are premarital.

The purchasing power of the Japanese is high, but raising a child in Japan is still difficult, even with financial aid from the government. Sometimes both the man and the woman work and do not want to have a child to be lonely. There are several cultural aspects that end up contributing to couples not having children:

  • Workday;
  • Couple's decision;
  • It requires a lot of dedication;
  • Financial conditions;

Another major culprit for the lack of birth in Japan is abortion. Despite being forbidden to abort for any reason in Japan, doctors end up turning a blind eye and performing the abortion. I have already written 2 articles talking about abortion and birth in Japan, you can read them by accessing them below:


Fewer Generalizations

We should not imagine that in Japan people are not interested in sex or having children. We notice that the great cause of the birth rate is far beyond the lack of sex.

Not to mention that these surveys are never exact, they are usually carried out in large cities with small numbers, where people work a lot, and the Japanese interviewed may not speak the truth about the subject.

The increase in sexlessness and singles may be expanding beyond Japan. The 2013 Census Bureau report indicates that 27% of US households are single. The United States is also increasingly apathetic when it comes to sex;

More and more Americans are reporting that they simply don't have the time, energy, or general inclination to have relationships. This sentiment is reflected in the decline in the marriage rate in America, which is the lowest in the country's history.

Most of the times that couples don't end up having sex in Japan it's due to a lack of interest on the part of both, there's no need to be scared or afraid to relate to a person from Japan. If you want, you can go up!

It's not that the Japanese have no interest in sex, most just couldn't find the right person. If you have the experience of relating or know cases on this subject, you can share your opinion in the comments.

Sources: ranker

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