Young Japanese people are having fun, just not sex.
ITS people are young, hip and know how to have a good time.
But it seems when it comes to actually getting down and jiggy with it, young Japanese people aren’t having sex.
A survey conducted by the Japan Association for Sex Education questioning the sexual habits and dating practises of female college students, found almost 40 per cent of women admitted being virgins.
But the 2011 data showed the rise in virgins had jumped to 53.2 per cent from five years earlier, while the number of single people hit a new high.
According to the National Institute of Population and Social Security Research, 61 per cent of unmarried men and almost half (49 per cent) of women aged 18-34 were not in any kind of relationship, a rise of almost 10 per cent from five years earlier.
And a separate study by Japan Crush found 30 per cent of unmarried men have never dated a woman at all.
The findings are such a concern, the country’s media have labelled it sekkusu shinai shokogun, or celibacy syndrome and have set alarm bells ringing in a country with an already low population rate.
In 2012, the number of births fell to a new low of 1,037,101, which is a 16-year-low.
Experts say less job security, economic uncertainty and conservative views of women in the home and workplace are partly to blame for the decline in singles seeking love.