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More than a quarter of men feel the same way. Eric Rechsteiner Ai Aoyama is a sex and relationship counsellor who works out of her narrow three-storey home on a Tokyo back street.
Her first name means "love" in Japanese, and is a keepsake from her earlier days as a professional dominatrix. Back then, about 15 years ago, she was Queen Ai, or Queen Love, and she did "all the usual things" like tying people up and dripping hot wax on their nipples.
Her work today, she says, is far more challenging. For their government, "celibacy syndrome" is part of a looming national catastrophe. Its population of millionwhich has been shrinking for the past decade, is projected to plunge a further one-third by The sign outside her building says "Clinic".
She greets me in yoga pants and fluffy animal slippers, cradling a Pekingese dog whom she introduces as Marilyn Monroe. In her business pamphlet, she offers up the gloriously random confidence that she visited North Korea in the s and squeezed the testicles of a top army general.
Inside, she takes me upstairs to her "relaxation room" — a bedroom with no furniture except a double futon.
The number of single people has reached a record high. Another study found that a third of people under 30 had never dated at all. There are no figures for same-sex relationships. Although there has long been a pragmatic separation of love and sex in Japan — a country mostly free of religious morals — sex fares no better.
More than a quarter of men felt the same way. Fewer babies were born here in than any year on record. This was also the year, as the number of elderly people shoots up, that adult incontinence pants outsold baby nappies in Japan for the first time.
Kunio Kitamura, head of the JFPA, claims the demographic crisis is so serious that Japan "might eventually perish into extinction". The country is undergoing major social transition after 20 years of economic stagnation. There is no going back. Japanese men have become less career-driven, and less solvent, as lifetime job security has waned.
Japanese women have become more independent and ambitious. Yet conservative attitudes in the home and workplace persist. Cohabiting or unmarried parenthood is still unusual, dogged by bureaucratic disapproval.
Lacking long-term shared goals, many are turning to what she terms "Pot Noodle love" — easy or instant gratification, in the form of casual sex, short-term trysts and the usual technological suspects: They are recovering hikikomori "shut-ins" or recluses taking the first steps to rejoining the outside world, otaku geeksand long-term parasaito shingurus parasite singles who have reached their mids without managing to move out of home.
Of the estimated 13 million unmarried people in Japan who currently live with their parents, around three million are over the age of They flinch if I touch them," she says.
Keen to see her nation thrive, she likens her role in these cases to that of the Edo period courtesans, or oiranwho used to initiate samurai sons into the art of erotic pleasure. Aversion to marriage and intimacy in modern life is not unique to Japan. Nor is growing preoccupation with digital technology.
For Japanese women today, marriage is the grave of their hard-won careers. Tomita has a job she loves in the human resources department of a French-owned bank.
A fluent French speaker with two university degrees, she avoids romantic attachments so she can focus on work. After that, I lost interest in dating. It became awkward when the question of the future came up.
You end up being a housewife with no independent income. Married working women are sometimes demonised as oniyome, or "devil wives".Not too sure if your prescriptions (which do make sense to me) are universally applicable, especially as regards the words ‘free’ and ‘new’.
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