Some 30 percent of the 2,706 single men sampled and 26 percent of the 2,570 females claimed that they were not currently looking for a heterosexual relationship.
“They want to tie the knot eventually. But they tend to put it off as they have gaps between their ideals and the reality,” said Futoshi Ishii, head of the NIPSSR’s population dynamics research department. “That’s why people marry later or stay single for life, contributing to the nation’s low birthrate.”
The study, which was conducted in June 2015, questioned 8,754 single people and 6,598 married couples across the country. In addition to the growing number of virgins, the study also discovered a record-low rate of children per family. The number of children among couples who have been married between 15 and 19 years averaged only 1.94.
Boosting the birthrate in the country is one of the Shinzo Abe, the current Prime Minister of Japan, who aims to raise fertility from current 1.4 to 1.8 children per family by 2025.
The population now stands at 127.1 million, but has been declining by an average of 0.7 percent between 2010 and 2015, according to the latest census. Overall, the population has fallen by nearly 1 million in the past five years. Japan’s demographics are forecast to fall to about 83 million by 2100, with some 35 percent aged over 65, according to the United Nations.