SEXLESSNESS is fast becoming a Japanese trend very much like sushi, sumo, and sake. According to a report by the National Institute of Population and Social Security Research, around 42 per cent of men and 44.2 per cent of women admitted they were virgins. The survey covered people between the age of 18 to 34, representing 70 per cent of men and 60 per cent of women.
The survey is conducted every five years. This latest survey covered 8,754 unmarried millennials. However, the study released in mid-September didn’t include questions about same-sex relations. And that’s probably one reason.
The government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe must be worried for a nation with one of the lowest birth rates in the world, now pegged at a record-low of 1.94. Imagine this with 35 million Japanese aged over 65 for a double whammy. For how can you improve the economy with the scarcity of young labor and graying population, if not the inflow of visitors for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics?
But why is virginity becoming a trend in the first place? CNN claims that Japanese men are too shy to meet, greet, much more to date, their female counterparts who have become successful in their career and is now earning more money than their male counterparts.
In recent years, “men are making about a third to half of what they used to make during Japan’s economic boom years in the 1980s. Some men’s sense of self is tied to their salary and they feel threatened by women who are empowering themselves,” said Nancy Snow, a professor of public diplomacy from the Kyoto University of Foreign Studies.
The 1980s were the golden years for Japan. Those were the years when Japan became economically prosperous that consumers can afford to pay high prices for basic goods and commodities. Practically, everyone was affluent that men with disposable income started marrying women before they reach 25 or risk being hooked by a “Christmas cake”—a reference for a cake that rich people throw out after the holidays.
The sexual apathy of the Japanese has led to the birth of at least one business that caters mainly to men who have never tried sex. The new business, known as “White Hands” offers a public session on nude painting featuring . . . what else but a naked, young, beautiful woman.
It appears that “painters” need not possess any artistic skill to join a session like that. Apparently, Shingo Sakatsume, the owner of the business, is not a lawyer. Otherwise, he may have chosen the phrase “Clean Hands” as the appropriate business name. But really, “White Hands” can offer the next best thing. As long as one appears serious with an art paper on hand and a broken pencil, you’ll be accepted to join the bimonthly session in Tokyo.
Sakatsume justified his business to CNN: “Why do you need to choose love or sex over the other fun things that don’t have the potential for pain and suffering?” Seriously, huh?!
If you’re overly masculine like me, would you try nude painting which to me is like sprinkling a spoonful of water into a massive forest fire? Well, of course, for some Japanese at least nude painting is several notches higher than what you can experience with sexually-flavored anime and manga.
When the world was young, men take the initiative to meet, greet, and date women. If it’s the other way around, it becomes unsettling, if not unnerving to men. The mysterious thing about all this is that in Japan, men are basically too shy to even take a good look at their target, much more even if they look like the younger version of Yoko Ono.
But really, Japanese women are generally beautiful, just like my wife. In essence, Japanese women have fair and clear skin (not yellow), petite, long-legged, and a very personable, polite personality. And with the government thrust of empowering women to reach leadership positions in both private and public sectors, sooner than all of us can imagine, would even make it difficult for Japanese men to grab the love of their life.
Therefore, for Japanese men to get hold of their target, they should start practicing with hotel elevator girls. If not, the moneyed ones can always go to a coffee shop called “no-pan kissa.” I’m too embarrassed to explain it here. Therefore, I advised you to simply check it out with Wikipedia.
Rey Elbo is a business consultant in human resources and total quality management as a fused interest. Send feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Facebook, LinkedIn, or Twitter for his random management thoughts.