Almost half of single young men and women in Japan are virgins. In a country where birth rates are crashing, the stats have been blamed on everything from anime to porn and women not pulling their weight. Watch the full documentary, Sex in Japan: Dying for Company. The name of the restaurant is a reference to the "ideal Japanese female" - a lady of tradition, of feminine grace and domesticity. Her ambition to break down barriers for women in the workplace is not popular with potential suitors.
Yuki is among around 60 per cent of young women aged in Japan who are single. For men that figure is 70 per cent. In fact, around 44 per cent of unmarried women and 42 per cent of unmarried men admit they are virgins, according to The National Fertility Survey, which is a kind of sex and relationship census conducted by the government every five years.
But the reason so many are flying solo is not a generation turning its back on marriage and family: more than 85 per cent of men and women intend to marry.
Twenty-six-year-old Taiyo Hashimoto says there are not enough hours in the day to date. He has a drink. So do I. He asks for another, so do I. There are escorts, hostess bars, fetish clubs, masturbation clubs, love hotels and plenty of sex shops, easing one of the pressures for finding a relationship. That sort of thing is common. A flesh and blood girl is scary, she might disobey you.
Back then, her clients were overworked and stressed out salarymen who enjoyed being her slave. Social and cultural norms aside, that man may have a hard time supporting all those children.
Money, finding a house, and increasingly, work, top the reasons both men and women give as obstacles to marriage. Full-time employees are keener to tie the knot than those in temporary or part-time employment.
Working conditions have completely changed. Her mother Yukimi Takahashi still lives in the small house where her daughter grew up. I want people to know that. The legislation includes equal pay for equal work regardless of employment status and caps overtime at hours extra a month, though some white-collar workers earning over a certain amount are exempt.
Death by overwork: Japan's hour overtime cap sparks anger. Some young people in Japan are already trying to change things themselves; joining start-ups, freelancing or choosing jobs with more flexible hours.
Sushi chef Yuki Chizui for example has created a flexible workplace for her staff and makes sure she takes time out for herself - time she says can be spent with her significant other when she finds him.
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