14 Jan '11, 11am

Young Japanese men are losing interest in sex, according to a study commissioned by the government

TOKYO - YOUNG Japanese men are losing interest in sex, according to a study commissioned by the government, in a further warning sign for a nation notorious for its low birth rate, a doctor said on Friday. The survey also found that more than 40 per cent of married people said they have not had sex in the past month, said Kunio Kitamura, head of the clinic of the Japan Family Planning Association, who took part in the survey. 'This is directly linked with falling birth rate. Policy actions are necessary,' Mr Kitamura told AFP. The data confirmed a wider social belief that younger men are becoming 'herbivorous', a label attached to passive men who do not actively seek women and sex. The latest biennial survey found that 36.1 per cent of Japanese males between the ages of 16-19 said they had no interest or even despised sex, a jump from 17.5 per cent in the 2008 study. Compo...

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