Nearly half of Japanese respondents said they were in sexless marriages in a recent survey, the highest rate since the Japan Family Planning Association began taking polls on the subject in 2004.
"The opinion survey on the livelihoods and awareness of men and women" was conducted between October and November 2016. The association handed out survey slips to 3,000 people aged between 16 and 49, and 46.8 percent of them were collected. The opinion poll has been conducted every two years since 2002, which started including questions on people's sex lives in 2004.
The association defines a sexless marriage as a marital union without sexual activity for a month or longer and when such a situation is expected to continue for a long period. In the latest survey released on Feb. 10, 47.2 percent of those who are married said they were in sexless marriages, up 2.6 points from the previous survey.
The number one reason among married men for not wanting to have sex was that they are "tired after work" at 35.2 percent, followed by 12.8 percent who said that they see their spouse "as an immediate family member."
Meanwhile, among women who are in sexless marriages, 22.3 percent said they found sex "too much work" and 20.1 percent told the survey they could not proactively engage in sexual activity "after having children but with no particular reason."
Doctor Kunio Kitamura, who serves as the chairman of the association, said, "This is the first time over 30 percent of men answered that they were too tired from work (to have sex). Apart from improving work hours, there is also a need to review how people work."