Japan is known to most as the country of gadgets, sushi and matcha – but it’s also quickly becoming a country of virgins.
Almost half of unmarried people aged under 34 have never had sex. And in a population of 127 million, that’s literally millions of adult virgins. What’s more, most of these twenty and thirtysomethings aren’t even in a relationship.
It’s a huge issue that has already started to affect the country – which is considered to have the oldest population in the world – with its birthrate at an all-time low.
So why are so many young people in Japan abstaining from sex and romance?
Well, according to an investigation by SBS’s The Feed, it may be just the symptom of a bigger problem.
In a documentary airing Tuesday night, presenter Marc Fennell travels to Japan in an attempt to understand why there are so many sexless citizens.
One of the biggest causes, one man explained, is that young men are just too busy for sex.
Taiyo Hashimoto is a single 26-year-old who regularly works 15-hour days, taking only five-minute lunch breaks.
“The work is so busy, if people don’t have interest in getting girls they just don’t get girls and that’s why people are single,” he summarises.