Earlier this month we wrote about the sad decline in dating for young Japanese people who are not interested in romance, have stopped having sex and are instead choosing to marry friends.
Far from going away, the issue has reached epidemic levels and at the close of the year the amount of people having sex has dropped to the lowest level for 117 years. This of course has a knock on effect for fertility rates, and could mean the Japanese population would hypothetically become extinct in only 1,750 years, as only 981,000 babies were born in Japan this year. This is the first year since 1899 when Japan began collecting birth data that the total has fallen below 1 million.
According to the country's 'Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry', the main cause of the dropping birth rate is the decline in the population of women in their 20s and 30s.
According to Japan Times, "To deal with the low birthrate, the government has vowed to provide support for all stages of individuals lives, ranging from marriage, pregnancy and delivery to child rearing, the white paper said."
But it remains to be seen whether that will be enough. Japan, the future of your country is counting on you getting jiggy this Christmas.