Increasing numbers of Japan's youth are asexual

This is a companion piece to my earlier post, “Japan admits ‘We are worse than Greece’,” and is a response to Ed Haskell’s comment about Japan’s debt and fiscal woes being exacerbated by the country’s demographics.
Here’s what Wikipedia says about Japan’s demographics:

Japan has the longest overall life expectancy at birth of any country in the world: 83.5 years for persons born in the period 2010–2015. The Japanese population is rapidly aging as a result of a post–World War II baby boom followed by a decrease in birth rates. In 2009, about 22.7 percent of the population was over 65, by 2050 almost 40 percent of the population will be aged 65 and over, as projected in December 2006. The changes in demographic structure have created a number of social issues, particularly a potential decline in workforce population and increase in the cost of social security benefits like the public pension plan. A growing number of younger Japanese are preferring not to marry or have families. In 2011, Japan’s population dropped for a fifth year, falling by 204,000 people to 126.24 million people. This is the greatest decline since at least 1947, the first year for which government data is available. The 1.26 million deaths included 15,844 people killed and 3,451 left missing by the tsunami.

Japan’s population is expected to drop to 95 million by 2050, demographers and government planners are currently in a heated debate over how to cope with this problem. Immigration and birth incentives are sometimes suggested as a solution to provide younger workers to support the nation’s aging population. Japan accepts a steady flow of 15,000 new Japanese citizens by naturalization (帰化) per year. According to the UNHCR, in 2007 Japan accepted just 41 refugees for resettlement, while the US took in 50,000.

Japan suffers from a high suicide rate. In 2009, the number of suicides exceeded 30,000 for the twelfth straight year. Suicide is the leading cause of death for people under 30.

Recently collected data on Japanese young people make the above demographics even more dismal.
The Daily Mail reports Nov. 28, 2011, that increasing numbers of young Japanese are asexual:

Japan is in danger of heading for extinction after researchers found that more and more of the country’s young people are shunning the idea of marriage and having children.

One in four unmarried men and women in their 30s say they have never had sex, and the majority of young women prefer the single life.

A record 61.4% of unmarried Japanese men aged between 18 and 34 have no girlfriend, up 9.2 percentage points from 2005, the National Institute of Population and Social Security Research in Japan said.

The percentage of unmarried women with no boyfriend in the same age group also hit a record high of 49.5%, up 4.8 points, while nearly half the respondents of both genders said they do not want to date anyone.

Asked why they remain unmarried, 13.5% of men and 11.6% of women aged between 25 and 34 said they do not know how to be in a relationship, and 11.9% of men and 7% of women aged between 18 and 24 gave the same answer, the institute said.Meanwhile, most respondents said they are willing to get married, with 86.3% of men and 89.4% of women answering they want to get married at some stage.The study also revealed that more than 25% of both unmarried men and women in their late 30s have never had sex.

Ups and downs: Working age population projection by Japan's National Institute of Population and Social Security ResearchJapan’s National Institute of Population and Social Security Research

An astounding 90% of unmarried young Japanese women said the single life suits them better than marriage.

Ryuichi Kaneko, a researcher at the institute, told the Japan Times that many people may be giving up on relationships or marriage because they are busy with work or do not have the financial means to wed.

The survey is conducted by the Tokyo-based think-tank every five years to grasp singles’ attitudes toward marriage and relationships. The latest survey, the seventh of its kind, was conducted in June last year, and analysed answers from about 7,000 people among some 10,000 respondents.

Since Japan traditionally and culturally is ill-disposed toward welcoming immigrants or refugees, it is unlikely that its problem of low birth rate and aging work force will be alleviated any time soon.
A country where its young people increasingly eschew not just marriage but sex altogether speaks to something fundamentally off kilter and dysfunctional. Simply put, a nation that isn’t replacing its population through new births is a nation that is slowly committing seppuku.
~Eowyn

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Ten years ago I said and wrote that when the economic walls come tumbling down it will be from two major places: the USofA, because of its absurd Fed Res Bunco’s “casino financials,” and also from a place that will be completely unexpected. Japan is an excellent candidate for the latter. Most people can’t accept that what was once the #2 economy could not foresee the traps it made for itself w/its absurd policies, which were a foretaste of what the US should expect, as it followed the same course.

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I saw a news feature about a year ago about a growing trend among young Japanese bachelors having fantasy girlfriends through online role-playing games where the females are anime cartoon characters. They even take their laptop “girlfriends” to destination vacations. I can’t remember what program it was on. Probably something on PBS.

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what is happening there could very easily start to happen here. think about how the young in our country play sports now xbox and playstation fantasy sports which will lead to fantasy life and fantasy sex and fantsy girlfriends.

Joan
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Thank you, Dr. Eowyn, for this most interesting and enlightening post. There must be balance. This is just frightening for Japan.

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The word for what they’re doing translates in English to “grass-eaters.” It has nothing to do with being a vegetarian. It’s shunning sex and women in favor of a simple life of personal growth, hobbies etc. In the U.S. and Britain it’s catching on rapidly, a lot of it due to modern liberal feminism sending men mixed messages about political correctness versus being a traditional man…and the rabid misandry (man-hating) of modern culture and media. Names for this phenomenon in the west are “ghosting” and “MGTOW” (men going their own way)

Miranda
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Your exactly right DCG…these women play “the victim” but they are EXACTLY where they want to be. It is all about FUN. I have to remind myself all the time that…. *You pay for the Good things upfront & the Bad things later!* (think about it) – “The Ant and The Grasshopper” an Old Fable by Aesop – The story of Naoh and The Ark (The Book of Genesis) This story isn’t new, it is one of the oldest stories in the book. Sure the characters have changed, the setting is different, even the plot has evolved, but the Moral… Read more »

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It’s all that plus something else. In our case and Britain’s, an unraveling of culture and morals is in the mix with the same result. “And, Feminism ignores how the breakdown of the traditional family because of Feminism’s anti-mail pogrom has actual increased the amount of men who won’t marry and who will use women for sex and entertainment. … So, after gaining most if not all the legal equality Feminism set out to win, it has now created a culture where women pressure other women to use their bodies as sex objects, creating the perfect culture for predatory males… Read more »

Dave
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Hard to believe a nation that has survived for thousands of years is now looking squarely at it’s own extinction in a mere generation or two.
You have to wonder how much of a role our involvement and influence may have played in bringing them to this point.
It is just possible we may have pampered and thus wussified them a little too much, and the same for Europe as well.
-Dave

britcapitalist
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Extraordinarily insightful Paul Harvey; the following commentary was broadcast 47 years ago…. April 3, 1965.
It’s short…less than 3 minutes.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJc8Mzg0C-c&feature=player_embedded

Anonymous
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Also, the “cultural marxist” push behind left/liberal Feminism (starts at 8:07 in Bill Whittle’s video below)… much like what’s behind the Cloward-Piven strategy, only they don’t realize things will be too broken to rule if they do.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6c_dinY3fM

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Lala

Ok… I may be biased as an Asian (not Japanese) who also does not have any sexual experience, nor know how to get a boyfriend. That does not mean I’m asexual, because I do like guys. I just don’t know how to meet a good guy and don’t want to “kiss many frogs” before finding the right one, because I’ve grown up believing that it’s shameful. I was raised believing that I should always “work hard” in life, so I don’t socialize much, I’m a shy and private person. So perhaps the lack of relationships may be cultural/social (hypothetical, because… Read more »

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