Japan’s Sex Trend Is Keeping People Virgin In Their 30s

More and more adults are keeping their virginity in Japan. A new study of the whole Japanese population highlights the trends that have been affecting the lifestyle and sexual experience of citizens around the country. 

Public health experts at the University of Tokyo analyzed national fertility survey data gathered across the country over the past three decades. The team found that socioeconomic status has been significantly affecting how people get heterosexual intercourse. 

The number of women aged 18 to 39 years old who never had sex increased from 21.7 percent in 1992 to 24.6 percent in 2015, while the number for men climbed from 20 percent to 25.8 percent in the same period. 

The researchers said men covered most of the residents who kept their virginity until their 30s. This is due to lack of permanent, full-time employment and the competition against those getting high incomes in cities with more than 1 million population. 

Men with the lowest incomes in Japan were found 10 to 20 times more likely to have no heterosexual experience.

"Although the discussion around cause and effect becomes very complex when considering who becomes sexually experienced and who remains a virgin, we show that heterosexual inexperience is at least partly a socioeconomic issue for men. Simply put, money talks," Cyrus Ghaznavi, author of the study, said in a statement posted on EurekAlert.

The researchers used data from the National Fertility Survey of Japan that conducted a series of surveys across the country between 1987 and 2015. Each survey involved between 11,553 and 17,859 adults aged 18 to 39 years old.

The research team also suggested Japan might be leading the global trend of sexual inactivity. When compared to other countries, only 1 to 5 percent in adults in or around their 30s in the United Kingdom, U.S. and Australia are inexperienced. 

But Peter Ueda, an expert in epidemiology and public health and leader of the research project, noted sexual inactivity or inexperience “should not be exoticized, ridiculed or necessarily considered a concern for everyone.”

“More research is needed on reasons for sexual inactivity and how mating market dynamics might be evolving due to online dating, shifting expectations in romantic and sexual relationships, and changing values, lifestyles, and labor market trends," he said.