According to statistics by Public health experts at the University of Tokyo found that sexual inexperience was on the rise in the country, with the percentage of women aged 18 to 39 who’d never had sex rising to 24.6% in 2015 from 21.7% in 1992.
The change was greater for men of the same age, with 25.8% virgins in 2015, up from 20% in 1992.
The number of adults with no sexual experience is increasing, according to a new study based on national survey data.
Comparable data from other developed countries indicated that “Japanese adults tend to become sexually active later in life and that a substantially larger proportion remain heterosexually inexperienced into their thirties”, the authors said. The research is based on data from seven rounds of the National Fertility Survey of Japan, carried out between 1987 and 2015, which is administered by a unit overseen by the Japanese health ministry.
The survey data did not include information on same-sex intercourse, but authors said that even if they had homosexual sex, around one in 20 people in their 30s would still lack sexual experience.
Data from the United States found that just 1.9 percent of women aged 30-34 and 0.9 percent of women aged 35-39 reported no sexual partners of the opposite sex.