Forget an economic recession, Japan seems to be in the middle of a far worse crisis -- a sex recession, according to a new study.
For some reason, libido is lacking in the land of the rising sun. The National Institute of Population and Social Security Research conducted a survey, reported by CNN, that shows things are not too sexy in Japan right now.
First of all, the country faces a record number of single men between the ages of 18 and 34 in the country -- 9.2 percent increase since 2005. About 61 percent of those unmarried men report not having any significant other in their life at all. In addition, half of the unmarried adult women who were surveyed also said they are totally unattached with no boyfriend.
That might have something to do with the fact that one in four of the single adults in their late 30s surveyed are virgins!
Proving that Japan is not a land of desperate romantics, 45 percent of those unmarried, unattached adults said they don't really care about finding their one true love right now. Instead, marriage is a distant prospect, with 86 percent of single men and 89 percent of single women saying they would like to get married.... someday.
About 40 percent of these singles also say that money worries are a main reason for avoiding the plunge in the present.
CNN reports, though, that Japan already has one of the lowest birthrates in the world at 1.34 children born per couple, but the country needs a birthrate of 2.1 children in order to get the workforce at a steady level in a rapidly aging population.
So get busy, Japan! Your country is counting on you!