Why is Japan in trouble? The Japanese now have one of the lowest fertility rates in the world, and at the same time, one of the highest longevity rates. As a result, the population is dropping rapidly, and becoming increasingly weighted toward older people. After peaking seven years ago, at million, Japan's population has been falling — and is on a path to decline by about a million people a year. By , the government estimates, there will be just 87 million people in Japan; nearly half of them will be over
For Japan’s ‘stranded singles’, virtual love beats the real thing
Can Dating Apps Solve Japan’s Sex Crisis?
Please refresh the page and retry. T he scene resembles a typical blind speed-dating event: 13 women and 13 men, seated on either side of a bamboo screen in an upmarket Tokyo restaurant, are chatting in pairs on a strictly timed three-minute rotation. Welcome to the world of DNA matchmaking. Created by the dating company Nozze. Earlier this week, new government figures revealed that almost half of Japanese singles who wished to marry were unable to find a suitable partner, with more than 60 per cent admitting they were not doing anything to change the situation. Other reasons ranged from lack of financial resources to an inability to connect with people, according to the report. And so it is perhaps little surprise that a raft of dating events and matchmaking innovations have cropped up in Japan in recent years, from speed dating in temples for single nuns to local government-funded matchmaking events in depopulated areas of rural Japan.
A i 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.
The country is facing a steep population decline as a growing number of youngsters abstain from sex and avoid romantic relationships. One woman, when asked why they think 64 per cent of people in the same age group are not in relationships, said she thought men "cannot be bothered" to ask the opposite sex on dates because it was easier to watch internet porn. The number of births dropped below one million in Japan for the first time last year, according to the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. Japan's National Institute of Population and Social Security Research predicts that the country's current population of million will decline by nearly 40 million by