Why have young people in Japan stopped having sex?
What happens to a country when its young people stop having sex? Japan is finding out… Abigail Haworth investigates
Japan's under-40s won't go forth and multiply out of duty, as postwar generations did. The country is undergoing major social transition after 20 years of economic stagnation. It is also battling against the effects on its already nuclear-destruction-scarred psyche of 2011's earthquake, tsunami and radioactive meltdown. There is no going back. "Both men and women say to me they don't see the point of love. They don't believe it can lead anywhere," says Aoyama. "Relationships have become too hard."
Marriage has become a minefield of unattractive choices. Japanese men have become less career-driven, and less solvent, as lifetime job security has waned. Japanese women have become more independent and ambitious. Yet conservative attitudes in the home and workplace persist. Japan's punishing corporate world makes it almost impossible for women to combine a career and family, while children are unaffordable unless both parents work. Cohabiting or unmarried parenthood is still unusual, dogged by bureaucratic disapproval.
The price of sex has become so impossibly high that Japanese men have decided that not only can they not afford it, they don't want it at all. It is a major case of sour grapes.
Because Japanese women have become increasingly independent, Japanese beta males know they don't stand a chance at all of getting any sex or getting married, and have given up. Unlike their British counter-parts, Japanese women are not sluts who give sex free to any jobless or low-waged loser like they are some sort of sex charity. Beta males now have no chance at all of either getting laid or married.
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Some women, too, say they prefer their men rougher around the edges. A popular revival in interest in Japanese history has made unlikely pin-ups of feudal warlords from the distant past.
It is quite clear that Japanese women find the grass-eaters the opposite of sexy. It is a vicious circle really.
As for the Chinese, they are also on a downward spiral. The women are even fussier, knowing that there are 24 million "spare" Chinese men. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2465856/Chinas-lonely-hearts-The-millions-men-NEVER-love-countrys-child-policy.html
There is however this strange phenomenon of left over Chinese women.
Recently, I heard on BBC Radio 4 a Chinese voice saying that there is a case for China importing immigrant labour because there are so many graduates in China who refuse to do manual work.
The problem is of course feminism. It is not only a Western scourge, but a global one.
If this issue remains unaddressed, the fairer-skinned races will find themselves being outbred by the darker-skinned races who will be more numerous and have more masculine vitality.
For the Japanese, I recommend that they disenfranchise bachelors and ban the pill.
For the Chinese, I recommend that they end their one-child policy, particularly now that most Chinese couples say they only want one child now anyway.
For the West, I suggest that we women give men the respect they need to have in order to work better for us by repealing the Equality Act 2010 or its national equivalent and reintroduce fault into divorce. These twin measures would have the effect of destroying the twin foundations of feminism and returning us all to sanity.