While most men are avoiding sex due to ‘fatigue after work’, some women are avoiding sex because it’s ‘bothersome’, according to the study.
The study published last week by the Japan Family Planning Association which interviewed 3000 respondents about their sex lives revealed that nearly 50 percent of respondents, both men and women didn’t have sex in the previous month before the interview. 48.3 percent of the men interviewed, said they had not had sex for a month, while 50.1 per cent of women had abstained. These figures were up about five percentage points from a previous study conducted in 2012.
Asked why they were not having sex, 21.3 percent of the married men claimed they were too fatigued after work while 15.7 percent replied that they lost interest in sex after their wives gave birth.
Among the women, 23.8 percent said sex was “bothersome” and 17.8 percent also blamed being tired from work.
20 percent of men aged between 25 and 29 expressed little interest in sex at all.
Japan has a current population of 126.6 million, and 25 percent of that total are aged 65 or older, an increase of 1.12 million people of the 2012 population figures.
Meanwhile, the fertility rate for Japanese women is 1.41 babies per woman during her lifetime. This means there are not enough babies being born to sustain the population at its present levels.
The National Institute of Population and Social Security Research has warned that there will be a mere 49.59 million Japanese by 2100, a decline of more than 61 percent on the 2010 figure, if these trends continue.
The authors of the report noted that the Japanese government, in its effort to deal with the issue has attempted a series of campaigns to encourage couples to have more children – from making companies insist that their staff leave work at 6pm to increasing child allowances.
“But none of that is going to have an impact if people are not having sex,” they said.
By Emmanuel K. Dogbevi