Japanese Youth Increasingly Losing Interest in Sex, Reactions

Japanese youths are losing interest in sex

This well-known article made huge waves when it first appeared in Japan in 2011. Discussing the increasing problem of Japanese youths’ disinterest in sex, it gave rise to popular terms such as ‘sexless’, that is people who do not want to have sex with a partner, and ‘herbivore men’, referring to men who prefer not to have sex at all, focusing on other pleasures in life.

Interestingly, netizen comments reveal that there is some support for those youngsters who choose not to have sex, while other netizens deride the choice as a waste of youth. Additionally, the article shows increasing awareness but also fear of STDs, with some speculating that more detailed sex education has actually frightened people into not wanting intimate relationships with others.

From CNN.co.jp

A Sexless Trend Among Japanese Youth: Will the Falling Birthrate and Aging Population Grow More Rapidly?

Hong Kong (CNN): While Japan faces the serious issue of a declining population, there is an increase of Japanese youths who show no interest in the other sex. A survey has revealed that among single men (with no marriage experience) 60% have no intimate relationship with a women.

According to a survey taken by the National Institute of Population and Social Security Research, questioning Japanese aged 18-34, 61% of men answered “not in a relationship” Comparing results from 2005, the numbers have increased by 9.2 points. 51 % of Japanese women responded “not in a relationship”. Among single men, 45% stated they are not interested in having a relationship.

One out of every 4 Japanese in their late 30s responded as to having never had sex. 86% of men and 89% of women responded they would like to get married in the future. As for the reason of not being married, 40% cited lack of financial security.

According to a study by the Japan Family Planning Association announced earlier this year, among young people between the ages of 16-19, there was an increase of 19 points among men and 12 points among women who said they are not interested and find sex repulsive. The results support the claim that there is an increase in so-called ‘herbivore’ men who are not interested in sex or love.

The birth rate in Japan is 1.34, one of the lowest in the world, and Japan is an aging society where one in every five is over 65 years of age. To increase the birth rate, the Japan Economic Foundation has ordered 1,600 companies to encourage married workers to return home early. However looking at the data, the situation is not improving.

Comments from Itai News:

名無しさん@涙目です。(大阪都):

It can’t be helped. Women are filthy inside out.

名無しさん@涙目です。(広島県):

So they say, but the virginity rate amongst high school guys is definitely lower than in the past. They are getting action for sure.

名無しさん@涙目です。(千葉県):

Can’t be bothered. Masturbating is a lot easier.

名無しさん@涙目です。(兵庫県):

Highly doubtful..Isn’t this the age when men are hungry for sex?

名無しさん@涙目です。(関東・甲信越):

We should have more men like that. Thanks to them, I’m 37 but still getting action from young chicks w.

名無しさん@涙目です。(愛知県):

Are they not the same youths staying away from alcohol and cigarettes? Kids learn about abortion, AIDS, STDs when they are just elementary kids, No wonder they feel disgust and anxiety towards sex.

名無しさん@涙目です。(京都府):

When I was 19 and a university student, I had already slept with 3 girls. Sex is just tiring and I can’t be bothered. Old men, we give you all the entitlement to sex.

名無しさん@涙目です。(埼玉県):

As kids you get to see all the uncensored porn you want online. How do you expect them to feel the need to have sex.

名無しさん@涙目です。(愛知県):

It’s easier to do it alone.

名無しさん@涙目です。(宮崎県):

16-19, that’s when you want to shag like monkeys. Japan is doomed!!

名無しさん@涙目です。(宮崎県):

It’s not that I’m a clean freak or that sex disgusts me, it’s just that there are things more fun than sex. I don’t find it a priority.

名無しさん@涙目です。(新潟県):

Too many high quality Eroge [games containing erotic content.]

名無しさん@涙目です。(埼玉県):

Soon enough people are going to start blaming 2D Anime as a cause of the declining birth-rate.

名無しさん@涙目です。(家):

Virgin: FUCK, I don’t have the confidence to chat up a girl…
Right! Just cover it up by saying sex is dirty!
Virgin: Sex is dirty! I don’t wanna fuck.

名無しさん@涙目です。(茨城県):

It is not a lack of interest towards sex, it is just that relationships are a pain.

名無しさん@涙目です。(新疆ウイグル自治区):

We are too well informed about STDs. It gives the image of sex being scary. There was a time when I thought I had STDs, even though I was a virgin.

名無しさん@涙目です。(愛知県):

Sex is for after marriage!

名無しさん@涙目です。(福岡県):

Already satisfied by beautiful porn stars. With masturbating, I can quickly move on to doing something else.

名無しさん@涙目です。(埼玉県):

It’s not that I am not interested, but every time I have a date, I end up having to spend so much money. Sex is just not worth it.
It surprises me that there are guys who really like it.

名無しさん@涙目です。(中国地方):

Nothing to worry about. It is more unnatural for this small island country to be populated with people,
Our population should decline.

What do you think? Are Japanese youth actually losing interest in sex? Or is it just an excuse? If it’s real, what’s the cause?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/chinaportrait CHINA

    Calling Japan “sexless” is like calling China “sexy” :P

    • Simon

      haha, good one, very true.

    • Kai

      I don’t think anyone called Japan “sexless”. It’s pretty hard to do that given Japan’s international reputation for porn! And to be fair, I think China can easily be called “sexy” given how ubiquitous socially tolerated prostitution is and the general fetishization of Asian women. If we limit it to expats, I think both countries have been “bountiful” for most. Plenty of “sexy” to go around.

  • http://twitter.com/cincity2404 Cindy H

    Maybe everyone’s just doing it at an older age. I heard old people porn has found a real niche in the Japanese porn industry.

  • yatedo

    wankers

  • rainy days

    Translate from 2CH….
    same as fuck sankaku shitplex…

  • Paul M

    With all the amazing sex toys that Japan seems to produce I’m not surprised that they are disappointed by the real thing.

  • Cleo

    Oh, wonderful. So there will no longer be Japanese men being arrested in the Philippines for running pedophile rings or in Australia for having kiddie porn. No more groping on Japanese trains and certainly NO FEAR that the Japanese fully intend to gangrape MILLIONS of Chinese babies as they have already gotten away with doing.

    I feel so SAFE knowing that Akihito will soon, very soon no longer be interested in using his toclafane to invade the privacy of ordinary citizens and not just QE2. it will be so LIBERATING to not have to worry about upskirt cameras and infrared footage of Guo Jingjing uploaded onto the Japanese internet forums.

    No more lolita complex, right? No more octopus porn after CENTURIES of popularity in celebration and promotion of gangrape.

    And certainly, NO INCEST, right? Aiko and Hisahito won’t be legally wed and breeding, correct?

    • Kai

      Sexual deviancy, or rather the media popularization of it, is indeed a worrisome social issue in Japanese society, just as general lack of civic virtue and apathy might be in, say, Chinese society. However, I don’t think getting melodramatic about it is helpful.

    • Ruaraidh

      As if Chinese never raped anyone and the very concept was invented in Japan. Have you seen anyone about your paranoid schizophrenia yet?

    • A Lu

      Let the bashing war begin!

    • the ace of books

      Dudes, dudes, hang on a sec. Don’t get angry now: you can’t set up a Japan site affiliated with cSmack and then NOT expect Cleo to come sow her wild oats all over it.

    • royaljester

      Oh, this troll again.

    • besudesu

      Cleo, I don’t mind a bit of tongue-in-cheek criticism; hell, I don’t mind flat out criticism if it has some basis in reality. I do it enough myself. japanCRUSH welcomes debate and discussion, and if you have some critical views about Japan, you can unleash them here and we can all talk it out. That’s what we’re about.

      *BUT*: leaving comments like this doesn’t convince anyone to think more critically about social problems in Japan; it just sounds like you’ve wandered into the realm of the absurd. I’m sure that you’re a sentient and critical person. So take some time to think about how you might engage with people rather than alienate them.

    • http://twitter.com/christineparis Chrispkay

      oh,my!
      I never leave comments but today I just felt the need to make you aware of how glad I am to know I will be seeing comments from you in JC articles too…

      but not really.

    • dim mak

      Cleo’s posts will give you cancer

  • Serpico

    Maybe there is a generation of sensitive poets, who after watching ‘the porns’ figured they are interested in better things…

    • http://twitter.com/christineparis Chrispkay

      lol! “The porns”. Perfect!

      In this day and age, I highly doubt it’s poetry that’s steering them away from sex.

      • Serpico

        Haha, you may be right. (: I don’t see any Japanese in Starcraft though, so…

  • A Gawd Dang Mongolian

    I think it’s more accurate to say Japan’s Youth is losing interest in 3D people.

    • mormo

      have you ever seen 3D japanese porn? eroge is very high quality these days. I’m a straight girl and I play the games just for fun. :l

      • Gillsing

        In case you were disagreeing: “3D people” = “real people”, not “3D games displayed on a 2D screen”, But if you already knew that, carry on. :-)

  • CherryB

    i believe that huge part of jap youth losing interest in sex came from fukuoka and all radiation stuffs.

    • Sam

      Are you serious, this has been an issue for a long time, and is most prominent in areas with out “radiation stuffs” it is a problem of society, not due to a disaster.

    • Ryoma

      Fukuoka? I think you mean Fukushima.
      Hmm, based on your seemingly scant knowledge of the country, please don’t be offended if I disregard your theory.

  • Lovely

    I think this is a good thing. Unlike western society that is rife with extremely poor citizens relying on government assistance to support four, five or six children. The sad part is that, these people have never experienced a bond, or love with another human being, which should inspire them to desire a physical as well as a mental connection with others.

  • Lovely

    Porn is so bad it’s enough to make me lose interest in sex too. it dehumanizes women, and destroys the image of what should be seen as intimacy between two people.

    • A Lu

      then you should stop watching porn and start making sweet love!

    • jon775

      No it doesn’t. Some porn does, but not all.

    • Rosalina Lee

      sex in porn is not the same in real life.

  • NetShevik

    The biological reproduction of people is unnecessary, we are the last generation of human beings. We work=reproduce machines all the time we work for a company. Further on when we have free time, we are induced to vitalize=consume bodies of machines. The result is that the will of man is today secondary to the will of machines, even before robotic machines assume all their drives of existence without the need of human consumers. The effects are obvious in human societies: in the first world the will of reproduction has almost disappeared. Never in the history of mankind humans had so few children as people in the first world. Many women have abandoned that will and substituted it by the will of machine reproduction (work). The age of spiritual machines is coming. The systems of the first world will be increasingly automated. The people of the 3rd world isolated. Capitalism will be about to complete its autonomous world of self-reproductive companies. Today the ‘last generation’ exists in California and Japan, at the head of the robotic revolution. They are addicted to fictions and videogames. They are asocial and with a heavy ADD syndrom. Their fathers, the Y generation of kids, now still kill real humans from Nevada bases, with drones. The last generation however will be out of the loop, as robots become increasingly autonomous. So they will live a fictional life, connected to 3-dimensional realities in which they will feel to be their ‘avatars’ in 3-D lives, encased, paralitic. Meanwhile Honda has completed the first humanoid robot that walks and moves like a human being. Some of that technology is used by pornographers to develop robotic women that do the hip-hop, better than your wife. ;)

    I talk about this at length here
    http://historicalman.blogspot.com

  • MrT

    Its all that squeaky screaming the girls do, who wants to listen to that?

    • Kai

      LoL, yeah, conversations about the differences between Japanese porn and Western porn are quite hilarious, especially if you have people on both sides trying to explain what they find appealing about their respective versions and the conventions found in each. I suppose a lot of it is what you’re socialized to like.

  • American Herbivore

    Why would anyone spend thousands of dollars chasing after sex with self-absorbed, whorish women, again?

    Social anxiety plays a part, but feminism and the destruction of the male gender role plays a much larger part. A man doesn’t need a women, it’s women who need men. So enjoy the old geezers, ladies.

  • Adrianojapan

    ARE YOU KIDDING? Japanese cuties increasingly losing interest in japanese males, you may say…

    • anonymoushumanoid

      Bahahaha, no.

    • rainy days

      Can’t you read the article?
      Japanese YOUTH.(It’s not just Cuteies.)

  • Nilerafter24

    It’s because they’ve been desensitized towards normal sex. All that make believe violent rape, octopus sex hentai etc twists their perception of sex. It ceases to be intimate and becomes something of a burden when it fails to live up to the sick fantasies that they’re used to seeing in porn.
    Also, more children= more financial burden. It’s practically the opposite in the 3rd world. More children= more people to grow up and look after you in the future.
    And with all that wanking going on, I’m not surprised they lack the libido for real sex.
    Pretty f’ed up.

  • Roger Lam

    Wow… I have to say, it’s much more entertaining reading comments from cSmack or now jcrush! Good job people, on publishing the site. It is quite funny to read the reaction from Japanese netizen too.

  • Kochigachi

    It’s not that Japanese aren’t sexually active or doesn’t have interest in sex but they know they’re incapable of attracting opposite sexual partner. Who wants to have sex with unattractive people?

    • manymanycutesy

      just ask americans, 2 whales having sex must be disgusting but they still do it.

      • http://www.youtube.com/user/VictimOfBoredom Matt

        As an American male with a lower BMI than the average BMI of every single country in the entire world (even precious Korea, which is actually one of the fattest countries in Asia): Screw you, bro.

        • manymanycutesy

          You’ll get fat by the next years anyway.

          • http://www.youtube.com/user/VictimOfBoredom Matt

            That’s about as likely as Obama growing an afro…

      • besudesu

        Ummm…maybe you’d like to elaborate on what you know about the mating habits of whales….I’m not sure Americans know that much about it. Unless they are marine biologists.

        • HaakonKL

          Whales = Enourmously fat people.

  • dim mak

    Bull. Animu and porn aren’t the cause, their guys are just beta as fuck and probably scared to be aggressive. That’s what happens to pampered, first world countries when their societies get old. Take note, other Asians.

    • Katsumi Shiba

      This is a old comment but SO freaking true.

  • Kim

    they all should shoot some AV

  • Neutronstar

    The biological reproduction of people is unnecessary, we are the last generation of
    human beings. We work=reproduce machines all the time we work for a company. Further on when we have free time, we are induced to vitalize=consume bodies of machines. The result is that the will of man is today secondary to the will of machines, even before robotic machines assume all their drives of existence without the need of human consumers. The effects are obvious in human societies: in the first world the will of reproduction has almost disappeared. Never in the history of mankind humans had so few children as people in the first world. Many women have abandoned that will and substituted it by the will of machine reproduction (work). The age of spiritual machines is coming. The systems of the first world will be increasingly automated. The people of the 3rd world isolated. Capitalism will be about to complete its autonomous world of self-reproductive companies. Today the ‘last generation’ exists in California and Japan, at the head of the robotic revolution. They are addicted to fictions and videogames. They are asocial and with a heavy ADD syndrom. Their fathers, the Y generation of kids, now still kill real humans from Nevada bases, with drones. The last generation however will be out of the loop, as robots become increasingly autonomous. So they will live a fictional life, connected to 3-dimensional realities in which they will feel to be their ‘avatars’ in 3-D lives, encased, paralitic. Meanwhile Honda has completed the first humanoid robot that walks and moves like a human being. Some of that technology is used by pornographers to develop robotic women that do the hip-hop, better than your wife. ;)

    surprised somebody with a degree of intelligence similar to that of mine is on CS / Japancrush. I understand all of your references. The age of spiritual machine is coming.

  • http://www.matthewsawtell.com/ Matthew A. Sawtell

    Chuckled at this article a bit, considered the “top 100 way to die” was a story out of Japan…

    http://www.spike.com/video-clips/jx9lpi/1000-ways-to-die-ichiboned

  • PixelPulse

    Maybe they should use the US bible belt sex ed. classes since it tends to lead people towards early pregnancy.

  • Ychuh h h u I

    I went into numerous sex shops in Japan looking for sex toys with my then boyfriend. Most shops start off with child-based porn such as magazines with creepy photos with ages next to the near-naked…children “5 years old” “10 years old.” Then the worst part are the fake vaginas everywhere — many with anime pics of prepubescents and “red school backpacks”
    I understand the thinking that sex is a bit tedious and dangerous, but it was still odd. Hardly any videos of white women, and not many men show interest in women in general. I wore mini skirts and heels and was never groped– in fact most men keep their hands in the swinging bars.
    Not bad, but I get tired of all the ignorance from ppl who never lived in Japan and think the porn industry is indicative of the general population — most Japanese porn is boring and tedious imo.
    I still love Japan for their love hotels though!!
    Although they’re shutting down left and right D;

  • Ychuh h h u I

    I went into numerous sex shops in Japan looking for sex toys with my then boyfriend. Most shops start off with child-based porn such as magazines with creepy photos with ages next to the near-naked…children “5 years old” “10 years old.” Then the worst part are the fake vaginas everywhere — many with anime pics of prepubescents and “red school backpacks” j
    I understand the thinking that sex is a bit tedious and dangerous, but it was still odd. Hardly any videos of white women, and not many men show interest in women in general. I wore mini skirts and heels and was never groped– in fact most men keep their hands in the swinging bars.
    Not bad, but I get tired of all the ignorance from ppl who never lived in Japan and think the porn industry is indicative of the general population — most Japanese porn is boring and tedious imo.
    I still love Japan for their love hotels though!!
    Although they’re shutting down left and right D;

  • jason

    I feel burdened by this news about sex. Why is there a void between men and women? I think that men feel that there is so much competition for sex and it just makes them jaded. Porn i don’t think has anything to do with it because the presence of pornography is actually proof of (men) wanting to have sex/ having desire….one of the greatest questions of our time that is somewhat undermined

  • maggie

    this one quite amuses me. Guess this is the result of having too much overexposed obscenity and sexual desires. You know when you have too much of something, you get tired of it. This is what actually happens on these Japanese youths now.

    Moral of the story : BE MODERATE AT ALL TIMES.

  • Flora

    That poster who wrote about “disinterest in sex” simply being an excuse by virgins too shy to talk to others is probably a lot truer than s/he realizes. Kinda makes you wonder exactly how many Japanese people are really just outright virgins!

  • C

    Sex is not really needed, they got sperm and egg donor’s, saw this coming as a child when the veterinarian came to the farm and artificially inseminated. Also, lol, 90% of the girls just lay there expecting me to do everything, I can do a better job myself and don’t have to wait for her to finish first every time. Sure it’s nice to be close to someone but I think both men and women are regressing, I can entertain myself just as well, and her demands are endless and tiring.

  • Thor

    If I was with the girl featured on the pic, I wouldn’t lose interest in sex, believe me. LOL

  • Dying Alone

    It’s not that I have no sexual desires, I read a lot of erotic fiction, but I don’t even kiss people because it’s possible to catch mono and herpies from kissing!

    …and not that I’m out of highschool and college it is just more difficult to start…especially as a woman, there might be more men who wants to have sex with an inexperienced woman vs vice versa, but I find those men creepy.

    …and in the end, it’s just too bothersome. I have friends for companionship, and sex toys are disease free, so why?

    I’m not even in Japan, I’m in Canada…maybe it’s happening here too, but slower, and less noticeable because people here will brag about having sex even if they haven’t kissed anyone yet, I know I did.

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