That's beyond the fact that 70 percent of unmarried men and 60 percent of unmarried women are not in a relationship. And, it's up from 2010 when only 36.2 percent of men and 38.7 percent of women said they had never had sex.
This survey has been done every five years since 1987. At the time, the subjects who said that they had no partner stood at 48.6 percent and 39.5 percent for men and women respectively.
Despite all this, nearly 90 percent of the respondents said they want to get married “sometime in the future.”
“They want to tie the knot eventually. But they tend to put it off as they have gaps between their ideals and the reality,” said Futoshi Ishii, head of the NIPSSR’s population dynamics research department.
“That’s why people marry later or stay single for life, contributing to the nation’s low birthrate.”