In a new investigative report, The Guardian’s Abigail Haworth takes a dive into the sexual travails of young people in Japan, asking (as the headline suggests), “Why have young people in Japan stopped having sex?”
The article itself is a worth a read. It has some interesting anecdotes, but the overarching point — that Japanese youths simply “can’t be bothered with sex” anymore — spurred New York Times reporter Hiroko Tabuchi to launch an old-fashioned, chart-based tweet missive.
It’s in Japanese, but it’s not hard to figure out that the y-column is the percentage of survey respondents who have had sex, and the x column is age.
Another wacky Japan myth: it has more pets than kids. Yes but so does US (164m pet dogs+cats vs 74m <18yos) It’s the norm in many countries.
— Hiroko Tabuchi (@HirokoTabuchi) October 23, 2013
“Finally: % of single Japanese women who see benefits of single life ↓since 1987 while % seeing benefits of marriage ↑,” she tweeted along with this: