7.9% of Japanese Men Over 40 Are Virgins

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Apparently the movie 40 Year-Old Virgin should have been set in Japan, if the new study ("Male and Female Life and Awareness") by the Japan Family Planning Association is to be believed. It found that "7.9% of the men in the 40-45 age segment claimed they have yet to experience sex." That seems like an awfully high figure, and without knowing any details about the study (how were the questions phrased, how many people were questioned, etc.) it's difficult to know whether to take it seriously. Kunio Kitamura, director of the JFPA, blames this figure on poor male-female communication in Japan and widespread performance anxiety among Japanese men: "Their concerns, over things like being unable to achieve erection, or enabling their partner to reach orgasm, became so oppressive they decided to avoid sex altogether." I've searched, but I can't find any more details about this study other than this lone article. (My lack of knowledge of Japanese obviously hindered my search.) But my gut feeling is that this study probably isn't too reliable.


Posted on Tue Jun 06, 2006


Well Japanese males do have that stereotype of having small members. Maybe they couldn't tell if they were "engaged" or not. downer
Posted by dae dae  on  Tue Jun 06, 2006  at  11:19 AM
I'm sure that's not true.
Posted by Sakano  in  Ohio  on  Tue Jun 06, 2006  at  01:48 PM
I wonder what the results would have been had the study been done in other countries? It's easy to think this is specific to Japanese men when we have nothing to compare it with...
Posted by StarLizard  in  Quebec, Canada  on  Tue Jun 06, 2006  at  02:14 PM
I wonder what the male vs. female demographics for the areas of Japan where the study was done are? That could have something to do with it, too.
Posted by Accipiter  on  Tue Jun 06, 2006  at  03:08 PM
The number is posible quite high but 40 year old virgins who are not disfuntional do exist.. I am one smile
Posted by Peter  on  Tue Jun 06, 2006  at  04:36 PM
You never know, maybe Japanese men are just more willing to tell the truth. If the study was done in a Western country, how many men would lie?
Posted by Nettie  in  Perth, Western Australia  on  Tue Jun 06, 2006  at  05:25 PM
What results would you get if you interviewed the men when their mothers weren't around?
Posted by Big Gary  in  Muleshoe, Texas, USA  on  Tue Jun 06, 2006  at  06:35 PM
Good point, Big Gary. Funny, too, but only in the western world. Multi-generational households are much more the norm in the East. And yes, Mama-San does hold a lot of strings - read that, power.
Posted by stork  in  the spiracles of space  on  Tue Jun 06, 2006  at  07:20 PM
I wonder if this corresponds to the high number of suicides in Japan...
Posted by Citizen Premier  in  spite of public outcry  on  Thu Jun 08, 2006  at  08:20 AM
The figure of 7.9% of Japanese men over 40 being virgins sounds entirely reasonable to me. I would think there is a similar figure here in England. Maybe the Japanese are just more honest than us English.
You must grasp that older virgins, both male and female but particularly male, are MUCH more common than is generally realised. I have good knowledge of this subject, having studied it, and being a fit, healthy, world-travelled 48-year-old male virgin myself!
Posted by William  in  Slough, Berkshire  on  Sat May 26, 2007  at  08:45 AM
White men tend to brag and therefore tend to be less than they claim. Japanese men are more humble and tend to be more than they claim.
Posted by Stoney  on  Tue Apr 01, 2008  at  10:25 PM
Excellent write up, very interesting read!
Posted by Japan  on  Fri Jul 18, 2008  at  02:01 AM
I would not be surprised if it is true that this percentage of men are still virgins. Japanese men are in no rush to marry and those in professional careers work very long hours. Finding time for romance is not easy and finding true romance is never easy anyway. Also the somewhat reserved culture of Japan does make this believable.
Posted by Linda  in  Plymouth England  on  Thu Aug 20, 2009  at  03:56 PM
I am not surprised, I find it hard to believe stats that claim only about 3% of 30 year old men are virgins in the west. Surely many men like me are shy, they account for a large percentage, you know being unable to leave the house that much. But more so, surely the very fat, the very ugly, and people with some severe disabilities, mental and more, are virgins. And what about people who have dreadful scars on them, or people who are deeply religious, they exist, and people who can not have sex for physical reasons, and as of having certain illnesses. I think, and surely otherwise some of the people who are not virgins, just had sex with women who I would not want to anyway. i.e women with the above listed problems. Maybe brothels should be more legal in Japan, so this quarter of men, can do what they surely want, even the people I said are likely to be virgins. And they should regulate the brothels massively to stop any STDs.
Posted by Jake  in  Europe  on  Sun May 09, 2010  at  07:54 AM
I am a 26 year old virgin and usually when you find out information about "not being the only one" you feel better, but I feel tremendously worse.

This isn't a group I want to have membership.

I am just too full of myself I guess.
Should just to fuck a prostitute.
All women want is a man right?

Better to go rage it all out on some whore so that way I only only scratch my woman's face putting her over a table LIKE SHE WANTS ME TO by accident.

Perhaps they should bring kamikazeeing back in style! The ultimate score. Especially if you were japanese and converted to islam, BOO YAH baby.
To hell with reincarnation I'm staying right here.
Posted by soshythatithurts  in  southern california  on  Tue Oct 05, 2010  at  02:51 PM
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