Endo helped Ansari and Klinenberg navigate the complex story of Japan’s changing relationship norms for .
A 34-year-old single woman born and raised in Japan, she said it makes sense why she chose to focus on the identity of Japanese singles and their role in the economy at The New School for Social Research.
"And like there was some insane statistic, like, 46 percent of women between the age of 16 to 24 despise sexual contact. Japan is going through "a crisis of sorts," and leaders are trying to intervene by offering subsidies for parents with kids and throwing state-funded dating events.
Ansari brings up the figure about young women not being into sex in his book with a host of other scary statistics, writing, "In 2013 a whopping 45 percent of women aged 16 to 24 ‘were not interested in or despised sexual contact,’ and more than a quarter of men felt the same way." Ansari’s coauthor, New York University sociology professor Eric Klinenberg, showed Pundit Fact by email that the statistic is also cited in 2013 stories about Japanese young people’s disinterest in sex in the and Slate.
"Well, when we went to Japan, I definitely had this thought of like, ‘Oh, that’s, like, such a technologically advanced culture, they're probably like on the cutting edge of whatever online dating or apps. Like, that is like, an aggressive word." Ansari’s claim about nearly half of Japanese young women not being interested in sex also struck us as incredibly high, so we decided to check it out.
And then you get there and you realize, I read all these articles, there’s like a crisis there," he said. What his book says In , Ansari spotlights international cultures in three cities that offer wildly different perspectives on dating: Paris, where relationships are more casual and similar to other European countries; Buenos Aires, which he describes as "romantically aggressive;" and Tokyo, where a lack of romance among young people amid falling marriage rates and birthrates has the government on edge.
In 2010, 86.3 percent of men and 89.4 percent of women still said they "intend to marry some day." Japanese women assuming a strong professional role is relatively new, and gender equality in the labor market is decades behind other advanced industrialized nations, Endo said.
But even though Japanese women are more and more highly educated and career-oriented, she said women 18- to 24-years-old have been expressing an increasing desire to become full-time housewives."So even at age 34, one out of four women are virgins in Japan," Endo said."It’s definitely not a religion that’s pushing that number." (Japan is a secular society.) Endo mentioned a third survey by the NIPSSR that could corroborate the family planning association’s statistic.And Japanese younger than 27 also are the first to come up in a very changed educational system, one that is no longer centered on competition.All of these things, she speculates, might create a "generational identity" that feels differently about sex than the older cohort.In that survey, 65.8 percent of women 16-19 were not interested in sex or felt an aversion to it, and 39.2 percent of women 20-24 felt the same way.