Anita Rani of the BBC has put a documentary out entitled “No S*x Please, We’re Japanese”. The focus of this documentary is Japanese women who are choosing to really focus on their careers instead of s*x and relationships. Some are even calling it a catastrophe because of the overwhelming number of women under 40 who have given up on conventional relationships. Some aren’t even bothering to date at all. With Japan having one of the lowest birth rates in the world and the population shrinking all the time, this could make the population dip even more. They are predicting that their population will decrease by one third by 2060.
In Japan it is part of their culture that if the women have a child, they must quit their jobs and stay home. They are not allowed to return to the workforce as the child gets older. Forgoing s*x in order to have a career is not a decision that these women are making on a whim. They do not want to give up their careers and are not willing to risk getting pregnant. In Japan, only 2% of women have babies out of wedlock as compared to 50% in Britain.
On the outside Japan may seem like it is a very modern and high-tech culture, but if you look closely enough you will see that the women are very conservative and the values are very traditional. Rani said that when she visited Japan she noticed that more and more of the women were assertive and took control of their lives while the men just sat back and watched. The women were outperforming them but they didn’t step up and do anything about it.
Rani says that Japan needs to seriously focus on its workforce and practices if it wants to retain its population. Women need to be allowed back into the workforce after having children or less women will be reproducing which will cause the population to drop and the economy will suffer.