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Sex...Ur doing it....Or R U?

According to a study published Thursday by the Japan Family Planning Association... the latest survey of attitudes to sex conducted September 2010 by the agency, part of the Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare, [found] fully 36% of males aged 16 to 19 surveyed described themselves as “indifferent or averse” towards having sex. That’s a near 19% increase since the survey was last conducted in 2008....59% of female respondents aged 16 to 19 said they were uninterested in or averse to sex, a near 12% increase since 2008.

The study also found It found that approximately 40% of married respondents had not had sex in the past month, a 4% increase from the same survey conducted two years earlier and nearly 10% higher than in 2004.

(complete article here)



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Jan. 15th, 2011 02:14 am (UTC)
Wow. Averse? I get twitchy after a week.
Jan. 15th, 2011 04:45 am (UTC)
LOL. You're not the only one...maybe not even a week...
Jan. 15th, 2011 03:11 am (UTC)
This doesn't surprise me at all. 16-19 is high school ages for a lot of Japanese boys. The pressure that is put on them in terms of entrance exams means that very very few of my students are ever in a relationship, much less a sexual one. The boys don't get interested in sex until University and it's pretty much the same with the girls. The girl students I do have that are sexually active all have university or college boyfriends.

But sex in general has a pretty interesting culture here. I get the impression that a lot of people don't have sex just for the fun and enjoyment of sex. They are so busy with their jobs, sex seems like another chore that they do once they are married so they can have children. Once they have children, most of them prefer to have the baby sleep between them on the futon. Makes being intimate just a touch difficult. Once the kid is old enough to have its own room, a lot of people end up taking in elderly relatives and with paper thin walls you can imagine how little hanky panky goes on.

Considering all of that together, this survey's results don't surprise me in the least. Japan has a lot of things working against it which is why they have such a population crisis. No sex, no babies and no population growth.
Jan. 15th, 2011 04:43 am (UTC)
That sounds like just what I've been hearing...but it's hard for me to fathom a culture that sees sex as chore...individuals, yes, but a culture...I know it's that way now, but it's just so different.

Edited at 2011-01-15 04:49 am (UTC)
Jan. 15th, 2011 01:51 pm (UTC)
It's not just sex that seems to be a chore for them, marriage does too. There are so many people I've seen in loveless marriages it's depressing. One of the girls in my Kyuudo class just got married in November. When I congratulated her her response in Japanese was "He's an ugly monkey with a tiny penis and I hate him." If there was ever a "WTF" expression you can imagine I was definitely wearing it.

Obviously this is a generalization and some people I know are genuinely VERY happy with their partners, but it's a bit of a disturbing trend.
Jan. 15th, 2011 03:23 am (UTC)
Dewd... I don't know how they do it. Sex is better than sliced bread, for real.
Jan. 15th, 2011 04:44 am (UTC)
Before I got married, I went celibate a long time, not cause I didn't like it, I just didn't like it without the right person...but I hear ya..
Jan. 15th, 2011 05:14 am (UTC)
It's been a long while for me, too, for the same reasons.
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