Young Japanese are increasingly refusing to have sex and prefer having virtual girlfriends, rather than real ones. This trend becomes threatening throughout the country.
Only 27% of the Japanese people in permanent relationship have sex at least once a week, while others do it less often or do not have sex at all. There is a category of young people, who are called otaku (nerds), who generally prefer to build relationships only with virtual girls. Japanese culture also promotes the growth in the number of adult virgins. Manga and Hello Kitty glorify virginity.
Such a universal celibacy threatens the country’s future. The Japanese are having sex less and giving birth less, so experts predict it will lead to a one-third reduction in the population after 50 years. In Tokyo, with a population of 35 million people, 250,000 children are born each year. It is a shocking figure if compared with London where the population is 8,000,000 inhabitants, and 135,000 babies are born each year.
There are many reasons why Japan’s population is shrinking, but the main one is still abstaining from sex among young people, as claimed by a British journalist Anita Rani, who shot a film about this for the BBC. Young people just do not want to be a part of it. She has met a lot of teenagers and older people, who had virtual girlfriends. They satisfied men because they did not demand marriage. As for Japanese women themselves, they have become much more independent than before. Now they want men to strive to be with them, but the guys are not enthusiastic about it.
A survey held this year showed that 45% of the girls aged 18 to 24 are not interested in sexual relationship or despise this side of life. The secluded Japanese society is now talking about the need for mass immigration of Japanese women in other countries, so that they can have husbands and children.