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Sunday, November 13, 2005

Asian Beauty:Nao.S | Japanese couples have less sex than any other nation

Japanese couples have, for the second year running, had less sex than people from other parts of the globe, according to the 2005 Global Sex Survey released by condom maker Durex.
In last year's version of the annual survey, Japanese averaged only 46 sessions of sex over the year, making them the least amorous people in the world.
It was even worse this year, according to the survey, which aims to determine attitudes and practices related to sex from around the world.
Durex carried out the survey over the Internet, receiving responses from 317,000 people living in 41 countries.
Let's have a look at how Japan fared in the survey. Here are some of the answers to the survey questions. Japan's results come first, followed by the global average and the highest- and lowest-ranked countries offered as a comparison. All results are averages.
* Age of first sex: Japan 17.2 years (Global average 17.3 years, Iceland 15.6, India 19.8)
* Age first received sex education: 12.5 years (13.2 years, Germany 11.3 years, Vietnam 16.0 years)
* Ideal age to begin formal sex education: 11.5 years (11.7 years, Chile 10.7 years, India 13.9 years)
* No. of sex partners: 10.2 (9, India 3, Turkey 14.5)
* Has had unprotected sex: 43 percent (47 percent, Norway 73 percent, India 21 percent)
* Experienced an unplanned pregnancy: 9 percent (19 percent, China 55 percent)
* Contracted a sexually transmitted disease: 8 percent (13 percent, Norway 21 percent)
* Satisfied with sex life: 24 percent (44 percent, China 22 percent, Belgium 57 percent)
* Confident in asserting needs to partner: 23 percent (41 percent, Serbia-Montenegro 19 percent, Netherlands 64 percent)
* Have a low sex drive: 16 percent (7 percent, Vietnam 16 percent, Portugal 2 percent)
* Had an extramarital affair: 21 percent (22 percent, Israel 7 percent, Turkey 58 percent)
* What governments should invest in -- sex education in schools: 27 percent (34 percent, Vietnam 69 percent)
* What governments should invest in -- providing free contraception: 14 percent (20 percent, Iceland 48 percent, Vietnam 2 percent)
* What should be the first step in encouraging young people to practice safe sex -- learning: 60 percent (74 percent, Netherlands, Britain 92 percent, Indonesia 38 percent)
* What should be the first step in encouraging young people to practice safe sex -- abstaining from sex until marriage: 7 percent (8 percent, Indonesia 54 percent)
* Frequency of sex: 45 times (103, Greece 138).
Looking at these results, features about Japanese sexuality that tend to stand out are the average age of first sexual experience at 17.2 percent. This shows the continuation of the trend for people to have sex younger, and the frequency of sex is the lowest in the world. People are also extremely dissatisfied with their sex lives and clearly struggle to make their partners understand their needs. Many people saying they don't have a strong sex drive probably explains why the frequency of sex is so low.
While over 80 percent of respondents acknowledged that HIV/AIDS is a big problem, they flaunted that awareness by having an average of 10.2 sex partners -- above the global average of nine -- and having 43 percent who have had sex without a condom. These results show that Japan is opening itself to widespread unplanned pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases.
It's impossible to say that unplanned pregnancies lead directly to abortions, but the 1 percent of those 16 or under, 2 percent of 17- to 18-year-olds and 6 percent of unplanned pregnancies among those 19 and over are not that much greater than most other countries. Japan is often criticized by other countries for being an "Abortion Heaven," but perhaps this has more to do with it legally permitting the procedure than simply because there are so many that take place here.
The world's people also reject the abstinence pushed strongly by the Bush Administration in the United States. About three-quarters of the world's people (74 percent) advocate teaching as the best way to get young people to practice safe sex, while celibacy before marriage was roundly rejected both in Japan, where only 8 percent supported the idea, and the United States, which only scraped up support among 14 percent. Perhaps teaching about safe sex and ensuring regular check-ups are areas that should be given the greatest priority. In Indonesia and India, however, where celibacy before marriage was the preferred method to promote safe sex for 54 percent and 49 percent of respondents respectively, teaching about abstinence seems to be the way to continue.
Just like last year's survey, the results this year showed that Japanese tend to take a somewhat negative approach to sex. I wonder if there's any way we can solve this?


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