Japanese Men Lose Interest in Dating, Marriage

      November 28, 2011 12:34

      The majority of Japanese men aged between 18 and 34 are single, and about half are not even interested in looking for a romantic relationship, a new study reveals.

      Some 61 percent of men and 49 percent of women in this age bracket are single, Japan's National Institute of Population and Social Security Research announced on Sunday. This marks an increase of 9 percent for men and 5 percent for women compared to 2005, when a similar poll was conducted, it said.

      In a multiple-answer questionnaire, 47 percent of men and 41 percent of women between the ages of 18 and 24 said they are single because they are too young to get settled down.

      Among those aged between 25 and 34, 46 percent of men and 51 percent of women said they have not found a suitable partner. Meanwhile, about 90 percent of single women said that single life suits them better than how they perceive married life to be.

      However, most still hope to marry in the future, with 86.3 percent of men and 89.4 percent of women planning to do so. The major reasons for wanting to get married were "to start a family," for "emotional stability" and in line with "parents' expectations."

      When asked about what was putting them off the idea, 44 percent of men and 42 percent of women cited a lack of financial resources as the main reason. "Financial concerns, such as an increase in the number of people working in unstable jobs, are blocking the road to marriage," researchers at the institute said.

      Meanwhile, in the survey of single people aged between 35 and 39, 27.7 percent of men and 25.5 percent of women said they have never had sex before.

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