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40 percent of Japanese men in their 20s have never been on a date, says new government report

JAPANESE SINGLE MEN
  • An impressive 40% of Japanese men in their 20s reported having never gone on a date, according to a new government survey.
  • Women in their 20s reported a high but significantly lower number, with 25% reporting they had never been on at least one date.
  • While businesses have seemingly adapted to the singlehood phenomenon, such as offering solo dining spaces in restaurants, the government appears far more alarmed by the dropping marriage rates, sponsoring campaigns to encourage unions.
  • In the same report, one in four Japanese singles in their 30s — irrespective of gender — reported having no desire to get married, citing freedom as the main reason.
  • Japan’s birth rates continue to plummet, with the country hitting a record low in 2021 for the sixth year in a row with 811,604 births.

An impressive 40% of Japanese men in their 20s reported having never gone on a date, according to a new government survey.

In a 350-page white paper on gender equality published this month by Japan’s Cabinet Office, authorities surveyed 20,000 people from various age groups on questions related to marriage and income.