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Too many young people in Japan are virgins, government finds

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As it continues to struggle with a declining birthrate and a population decline, Japan may have found one of the causes:

Too many of its young men and women are virgins.

According to Japan Times, the National Institute of Population and Social Security Research conducted a survey of Japanese people aged 18 to 34, and found an overarching trend of sexlessness.

Here are some of the findings:

  • About 42% of men and 44.2% of women said they were virgins
  • 70% of unmarried men and 60% of unmarried women are not in a relationship
  • About 30% of both genders said they are not looking for a relationship
  • Couples who had been married between 15 and 19 years averaged a record-low of 1.94 kids
  • 90% of the respondents said they want to get married sometime in the future

The institute interviewed 2,706 men and 2, 570 women in Japan. The survey is conducted by the government every five years, starting in 1987.

In 2010, only 38.2% of men and 30.7% of women said they had never had sex. Almost half haven't now.

They want to tie the knot eventually. But they tend to put it off as they have gaps between their ideals and the reality.
Futoshi Ishii, head researcher, to Japan Times

The survey is part of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's bigger mission to raise the fertility rate from 1.4 to 1.8 by 2025. The government hopes that by doing things like increasing the places available at nursery schools, people will find it easier to raise children. 

There isn't a comprehensive test for 18- to 34-year-olds in the United States, but the Centers for Disease Control did run a study on 20- to 24-year-olds and found that: 

  • 12.3 and 14.3 percent of 20- to 24-year-olds are virgins in the U.S.
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