Just one problem for English speakers: The source for the statistic is a survey by the Japan Family Planning Association and written in Japanese.
Pundit Fact doesn’t know Japanese, but Kumiko Endo, a Japanese-American academic, does.
Endo mentioned another survey by the government, the National Institute of Population and Social Security Research, that asked 4,276 women, of which about 3,400 were 18 to 34, if they had ever had any kind of sexual encounter.
The percentage of women ages 18-19 who said they had never had sex was 68.1 percent; for women 20-24, it was 40.1 percent; for women 25-29, it was 29.3 percent; and for women 30-34, 23.8 percent.
First of all, it’s important to understand some cultural differences.
Our ruling Ansari said, "46 percent of women between the age of 16 to 24 despise sexual contact" in Japan. Still, the surveys on this question all point to a healthy proportion of the young Japanese population having little interest in sex, relationships and dating, and one survey in particular reflects what Ansari said. This one asks men and women if they have any relationships with the opposite sex — even platonic ones.Again, the results speak to a trend of disinterest.The funny thing is, among younger Japanese, it is only attitudes toward sex, not marriage, that have changed.In the corporate-centered society that catapulted Japan into a leading world economy after World War II, men would graduate from college with job offers from corporations that offered employment and benefits for life.