Japan: One-Third of All Unmarried Adults Under 50 Have Never Dated

The government is trying to do something about it, but it still hasn’t worked

It’s not really the government’s business who you’re having sex with, unless you’re gay, in which case the government should kill you.

But there comes a point when the statistics of the people not having sex becomes the government’s business, because there aren’t going to be enough people. You have to have sex to make people.

However… aren’t robots going to solve this problem?

Japan Today:

More than one-third of unmarried adults in their 20s to 40s have never been in a relationship and one-fourth have no intention of ever getting married, a recent survey found.

At 34.1 percent, the ratio of single men and women who have never had a romantic relationship was at a record high since Recruit Holdings Co, a staffing service group, began conducting surveys on people’s views on marriage in 2017.

The figure of 25.6 percent for people not seeking marriage nearly matches the finding in last year’s gender equality survey by the Japanese government, which has been struggling to deal with the country’s low birth rate and labor shortage. But Recruit said the number was notably up from 2021 when it stood at 21.1 percent.

The latest survey was conducted in September and released this month. It covered 1,200 single adults who have never been married.

Among the respondents in their 20s, 19.4 percent of women and 23.7 percent of men said having a romantic relationship is a waste of time and money. The percentage was lower among older male respondents, but it was notably higher among female respondents in their 30s at 23.6 percent, rising sharply from 14.6 percent in the previous survey in 2021.

Among men of all age groups who do not want to marry, the top reason, given by 42.5 percent, was the financial strain of married life. As for women, 40.5 percent said they do not want to compromise their freedom and independence.

You could force women to get married by taking away their freedom and independence. It’s unclear why they have that in the first place.

But there is some kind of problem with consumerism and probably urbanism itself that causes people to stop breeding. Digital technology has made this all way worse.

There is no obvious solution.

There are some parts where this is getting better