10% of Japanese men in their 40’s are virgins?

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    Mainichi‘s WaiWai reports on a problem that might be contributing to Japan’s declining birthrate:

    While many around the world may have chuckled at the American comedy “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” a complete dearth of sexual experience well into the 40s is a very serious matter. In fact, according to a survey by Dr. Kunio Kitamura, head of the Japan Family Planning Association (and Mainichi columnist), 7.9 percent of Japanese men from the ages of 40 to 44 are still to have sex. And Kitamura says the real figure is probably worse.

    “There were another 5 percent of men who didn’t give an answer,” he tells Yomiuri Weekly. “If you consider that most of these men have probably not had sex, either, I’d say the real number of virgin men in their early to mid-40s is probably closer to 10 percent.”

    I’m not sure how other countries compare. I’d imagine that a lot of countries have a small number of people who cannot find a suitable mate or have no interest in sex. Is 10% an abnormally high number of male virgins in their 40’s?

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