A recent survey inquiring about today’s young generation’s sexual activities revealed a low percentage of people who are active. The poll was made to identify dating practices of female college students. The results revealed that a considerable number of college students remaining a virgin into young adulthood. However, some of the media have been quick to label it as sekkusu shinai shokogun, or “celibacy syndrome”.
Conducted by the Japan Association for Sex Education, the survey showed that 40 percent of female college students refrain from having intercourse. Meanwhile, a report from the National Institute of Population and Social Security Research showed that 49 percent of Japanese women and 61 percent of Japanese men are not in a relationship. The figures were 10 percent less compared to the previous year. In another survey, it showed that 30 percent of unmarried Japanese men have never gone out on a date with a woman, ever.
There are factors affecting an individual’s decision in entering or not entering a relationship. Tying the knot is also an event that requires thorough reflection, besides being affected by external factors. But if the figures mentioned represent the Japanese population that should already be viable for marriage, it is considerably alarming given that Japan’s population has continued to age at an alarming rate. According to counselor Ai Aoyama, the government plays a crucial role in the country’s population crisis. People, especially young adults, have been discouraged to pursue a family life because of economic difficulties.