Japan's younger generation is increasingly not in a relationship, are not getting married, and not having sex. This has severe future implications for population decline and aging demographics in the country. But just why are Japanese so single?
There are a couple of reasons. Probably the two biggest factors are video games, and many men being stuck in lower paid part-time positions that lack job security and don't go very far in high cost of living Japan.
A survey of Japanese people aged 18 to 34 found that almost 70 percent of unmarried men and 60 percent of unmarried women are not in a relationship.
Around 42 percent of the men and 44.2 percent of the women admitted they were virgins.
There are now many more virgins than in 2010, when the last study was conducted and when only 36.2 percent of men and 38.7 percent of women said they had never had sex.
It seems that while some Japanese men feel they have inadequate salaries to get married, the ones who do have successful jobs typically have punishingly long work schedules that limit their opportunities to meet women.
http://www.dw.com/en/why-fewer-japanese ... a-19349576
The high cost of living in Japan certainly does not seem to be conducive to marriage and raising families. (It's especially high in the urbanized areas where all the job opportunity is concentrated)
"More than half of single women want their spouses to earn at least four million yen (33,794 euros, $38,270) a year," the report said. "Meanwhile, only 15.2 percent of single men in their 20s earn four million yen or more.
Watanabe believes there are several reasons why Japanese are not marrying younger, but the most significant one is economic. "There are many people who want to get married but they simply cannot take on the financial burden of a family," he said.
"One in three young people do not have a regular job and very little job security, so they sense all this psychological pressure over an uncertain future and so they opt to avoid that pressure by not getting married."
So, if Japanese men do not earn enough, no family.
If they are too busy working all the time, no family.
So many are sort of caught in a Catch-22.
The problem is a poverty of both time and money combined together. But in Japan, workers in corporations are expected to work long hours if they are to be taken seriously and get promotions and higher paying positions.
This is leading to some quality of life problems, because there's no way they can earn enough money to comfortably have a family with the high cost of living while having any type of work-life balance.
This Japanese guy has some interesting (kind of funny) ideas about what to do to solve the problem:
Although his ideas may sound silly, they do give some insight into the unique situation in that country's society.