Talk about a low birthrate. Increasing numbers of married couples and others are choosing to go without sex.
A biennial survey conducted last September by the Japan Family Planning Association found that 49.3 percent of all respondents said they had not indulged in bedroom gymnastics in the past month.
There was a disparity in the sexes: 48.3 percent of men and 50.1 percent of women reported going without. Both figures were up about 5 percentage points from two years ago.
Among married people, the disparity was more pronounced: 36.2 percent of men reported having no sex, compared with 50.3 percent of women. Both figures have shown continuous growth since 2004. The combined total for 2014 was 44.6.
Asked why, 21.3 percent of the married men said they were too tired after work, while 15.7 percent reported no particular reason but said they had become sexually inactive after their wives gave birth.
In all, 23.8 percent of married women reported having sex was bothersome, and 17.8 percent cited fatigue from work.
The survey also revealed an increase in young men with reduced sexual interest, a group colloquially referred to in Japan as “herbivores.”
Among male respondents, 17.9 percent reported little or no interest in having sex — or even an extreme dislike of it. The proportion came to 20.3 percent for men between 25 and 29, up 2.5-fold from the level in 2008.
The survey covered 3,000 people aged between 16 and 49. Of them, 1,134 people gave valid responses.