Report: Not Enough Sex in Japan

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A recent study published in an AP Report showed that growing numbers of people in Japan are not having sex. This has health officials concerned about declining birth rates. Here’s an excerpt:

(AP) — The secret behind Japan’s plunging birth rate? A record 39.7 percent of Japanese citizens ages 16-49 have not had sex for over a month – up 5 percentage points from two years ago – according to a survey published this week by the Japan Family Planning Association. Among married couples, the rate was only slightly lower, at 34.6 percent.

“This is very bad news for the country’s birth rate, and something the government needs to look into urgently,” said Dr. Kunio Kitamura, the family planning association’s director.

The survey comes amid concerns over Japan’s faltering birthrate, which … has stoked fears of impeding tax revenue shortfalls and labor shortages. “The situation is dismal,” Kitamura said. “My research shows that if you don’t have sex for a month, you probably won’t for a year.”

Kitamura partly blamed stress from busy working lives. A decline in physical communication skills in an increasingly Web-based society was also a factor, he said.

It’s that last sentence, which blames “declining physical communication skills in an increasingly web-based society,” that caught my attention. While it’s true that there are many social and cultural factors that make Japan unique, one thing our culture shares with theirs is an ever-growing reliance on electronic communication, and soaring porn usage.

One thing I see among sex addicts is the paradox of sexual obsession in many areas of life paired with sexual anorexia in their primary relationship. It’s not uncommon to see men heavily into internet porn who are rarely having sex with their spouses, even though their spouses are wanting more sex. Addiction isolates.

I don’t know enough about Japanese culture to speculate on the connection in that country, but I will certainly make the connection with men that I work with in the US. More porn equals less sex, not just because we turn to porn when we can’t get sex. More porn equals less sex because porn trains us to be lazy and selfish when it comes to sex, and increases our isolation instead of ending it.

Many men claim that their partner’s lack of sexual interest fueled their descent into porn. But many of these same men also admit that porn usage kept them from pursuing sex with – and turning down offers for sex from – these same partners. The experience of pseudo-intimacy and immediate gratification is easier to obtain and control with the use of pornography and cyber-sex than real life. So in one of the many ironies of sex addiction, the sex addict often winds up experiencing less real sex, not more.

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