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Japan’s sex problem is so bad that people are quitting dating and marrying their friends


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The Japanese sex problem has become so desperate that its young population has given up on dating and is just marrying friends. The country has one of the lowest birth rates in the world, with just 8.4 children being born per 1,000 inhabitants over the past five years.


In recent weeks, people have posted stories to the website Matome Naver, telling how in one case a colleague married a friend of 10 years. The trend has been coined "Kousai zero Nichikon":roughly translated as "marrying without dating."

最近幾週,人們在Matome Naver網站上張貼故事,講述一名同事如何與一名結識10年的好友結婚的案例。這股趨勢已創造出新詞「交際零日婚」:約略之意為「無約會結婚」。

Japanese actress Maki Horikita married costar Koji Yamamoto in 2015 after just a month of dating. However, there is no real evidence that the "kousai zero nichikon" trend is taking the far-eastern islands by storm.


A government survey found 69% of Japanese men and 59% of Japanese women do not have a romantic partner. The survey, carried out by the country’s National Institute of Population and Social Security Research, also reported that about 80% of unmarried Japanese want to get married.


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