Sexless Marriages in Japan: Prevalence and Reasons
Using data from a national survey on work and family life in Japan, this chapter examines the frequency of sexual intercourse between married or cohabitating partners. The data show that the frequency of intercourse in Japan is low: slightly less than half (45 %) of the couples reported not having had sexual intercourse for at least 1 month. A logit regression analysis suggests that husbands’ long working hours, the presence of children under age 3, and poor marital relations were major determinants of sexless marriages. In addition, qualitative data from focus-group discussions indicate that “having sex” is a less important activity to Japanese couples in their busy daily schedules than are childrearing tasks or work responsibilities. The respondents were not particularly bothered by their sexless status within marriage as long as the marital partnership worked well in the context of a child-centered family.
KeywordsSexual Intercourse Marital Quality Unprotected Intercourse Sexual Frequency Marital Duration
This work was supported by a grant to the Nihon University Population Research Institute from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, 2006–2010, in the form of a matching-fund subsidy from the Academic Frontier Project for Private Universities.
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