Cultural trends : Human relationships : Asia | Influencing: Contextualising, Environing and Surrounding |

Japan's under-40s appear to be losing interest in conventional relationships. Millions aren't even dating, and increasing numbers can't be bothered with sex. For their government, "celibacy syndrome" is part of a looming national catastrophe. Japan already has one of the world's lowest birth rates. Its population of 126 million, which has been shrinking for the past decade, is projected to plunge a further one-third by 2060.


Is the country is experiencing a flight from human intimacy and is this partly the government's fault?