posted on Oct, 31 2013 @ 02:53 PM
So I was looking around for something to do, and bumped into something that I have not heard much about before, and that is the drastic decline in
population in Japan. So as I began searching to find out what this was about, could it be disease, unexplained deaths, hmm I wonder, and then BOOM! I
find out its because they dont have sex!
The population across the Japanese archipelago dropped by around 284,000 to an estimated 127.5 million by October last year, the figures compiled
by the government's Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry found.
The number of elderly people aged 65 or over surpassed 30 million for the first time, accounting for as much as 24 per cent of the population – in
contrast to children aged 14 and under which decreased to a record low of 13 per cent.
As a result, the elderly officially outnumbered children, with a higher number of over-65s compared to children aged 14 and under in each of Japan's
47 prefectures for the first time.
The new figures confirm Japan's growing reputation as one of the fastest aging nations in the developed world.
Now this is what we in the west usually get from movie and television that this is a subservient culture, or at least was, things like Geisha's, and
a lot of bowing and following men.
Yet it seems that this no longer rings true on more than one level.
With an extreme rise in "fake" relationships, technology, and hobbies that consume peoples time, there is no need, or wanting of a relationship with
another, to most, its actually gross.
“They Flinch If I Touch Them”
A common trend across the United States, Europe, and Asia is that birth rates are falling and the number of adults who never marry is rising…but
in Japan, these trends are accelerating in unprecedented ways.
Among Japan’s under-40 crowd, millions aren’t dating, and increasing numbers have no interest in sex.
The Japanese government calls it the “celibacy syndrome,” and it’s fast becoming a crisis so serious that one official says the nation “might
eventually perish into extinction” because of it.
Mendokusai (“I Can’t Be Bothered”)
Clients of one Japanese sex and relationship counselor, who’ve taken singleness to extremes, have major struggles. One man in his early 30s, a
virgin, can’t get sexually aroused unless he watches female robots on a game similar to Power Rangers.
“I use therapies, such as yoga and hypnosis, to relax him and help him to understand the way that real human bodies work,” the counselor says.
“A few people can’t relate to the opposite sex physically or in any other way. They flinch if I touch them. Most are men, but I’m starting to
see more women.”
Eri Tomita, 32, works in the human resources department of a French-owned bank, possesses two university degrees, and shuns romantic attachments in
favor of work. “A boyfriend proposed to me three years ago. I turned him down when I realized I cared more about my job,” she tells the Guardian.
“After that, I lost interest in dating. It became awkward when the question of the future came up.”
This is the term both men and women use most frequently when describing intimate relationships, the Guardian notes.
“It’s too troublesome,” says Satoru Kishino. “I don’t earn a huge salary to go on dates and I don’t want the responsibility of a woman
hoping it might lead to marriage.”
“Remaining single was once the ultimate personal failure,” says Tomomi Yamaguchi, a Japanese-born assistant professor of anthropology at Montana
State University in America. “But more people are finding they prefer it.” Being single by choice is becoming, she believes, “a new reality.”
Japanese-American author Roland Kelts, who writes about Japan’s youth, tells the Guardian that Japanese relationships will be largely technology
driven in the future.
“Japan has developed incredibly sophisticated virtual worlds and online communication systems,” he says. “Its smart phone apps are the world’s
most imaginative.” Kelts adds that the draw toward escaping into private, virtual worlds relates directly to Japan’s overcrowded physical
space…but the rest of the world is not far behind.
So I ask, how does this happen, and is it a concern to watch as one of the "used to be" largest populated and frankly culturally strict places
dwindling, and no one seems to be concerned?
Here is an easier way to put it....
Adult diapers to outsell baby diapers in Japan.
Adult diapers are set to outsell baby diapers in Japan by 2020 in just the latest example of the challenges facing a nation where more than 20
percent of the the population are 65 and older.
The Nikkei newspaper reports that paper companies – Daio and Nippon Paper – are expanding their “incontinence products” manufacturing
facilities in preparation for an expected surge in demand.
Quartz.com says the adult diaper market is growing by up to 10 percent year-on-year and rakes in $1.4 billion per year – they can go for as much as
two and half times the price of baby diapers.
Japan has one of the fastest-aging populations in the industrialized world and there are concerns about how elderly citizens relying on care will be
be cared for in the years ahead.
In a startling statistic reported by the Telegraph newspaper, nearly a quarter of all shoplifting arrests in Tokyo last years involved pensioners over
the age of 65.
More than 3,320 pensioners were detained by police, eclipsing for the first time the number of teenagers detained in the same year (3,195).
About 70 percent of the thefts involved food, signalling the growing poverty amongst pensioners living alone in Tokyo.
So while we spend millions on dating sites each year, to find a date, there are people spending millions to avoid it.