Aha! “Another sexless society!” said I, when I saw the news that over 36% of young Japanese men aged 16 to 19 had little or no interest in sex — more than double the results of a survey just two years ago.
What 17-year-old isn’t interested in sex? A Japanese one I guess. What startled me, even more, is that the ultimate concern of the Japanese government isn’t the psychological and social well-being of the people, but rather a declining Japanese population.
Japanese birth rate is currently 1.37 births per woman, one of the world’s lowest.
Clearly, the sexless trend has some serious economic implications for the workforce and product consumption. The greater question though is what is happening to the mind of society? Doesn’t a nation that does not have sex demonstrate some kind of value shift? Doesn’t a nation going sexless reflect a change in the essence of its relationships?
The study revealed some other interesting facts. Over 40% of married Japanese people surveyed didn’t have sex in the past month. Nearly half of marrieds over 40 didn’t have sex in the past month. Some attribute their lacking libido to a hard day at work. Others blame childbirth, and still, others just don’t want to be bothered with sex.
The survey results may be a reflection of a very industrious Japanese society with high importance on company loyalty, hard work, and long hours. Little time and energy are left for cultivating close, sexual relationships.
Russia: 80% have weekly sex; 27 minimum annual vacation days
Italy: 76% have weekly sex; 20 minimum annual vacation days
France: 70% have weekly sex; 30 minimum annual vacation days
Germany: 68% have weekly sex; 20 minimum annual vacation days
UK: 55% have weekly sex; 20 minimum annual vacation days
USA: 53% have weekly sex; No minimum annual vacation days
Japan: 34% have weekly sex; 10 minimum annual vacation days
A nation needs a solid culture of leisure in order to maintain lively relationships with family, friends, and community. Clearly, sex is a key ingredient in those relationships. Let’s look at our European friends for some clues as to how to awaken the sexual life that is key to our very national survival.
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