The number of births dropped below one million in Japan for the first time last year, according to the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare.Japan's National Institute of Population and Social Security Research predicts that the country's current population of 127 million will decline by nearly 40 million by 2065. Artist Megumi Igarashi, 45, who once made a 3D image of her own vagina, said "building a relationship is not easy".Some men claimed they "find women scary" as a poll found that around 31% of people aged 18 to 34 from the island nation say they are virgins.One woman, when asked why they think 64 per cent of people in the same age group are not in relationships, said she thought men "cannot be bothered" to ask the opposite sex on dates because it was easier to watch internet porn.A nationwide survey earlier this year revealed that nearly a quarter of Japanese men at the age of 50 are yet to marry.
Both the woman, now aged 26, and her father, 58, have admitted incest.
The fertility crisis has left politicians scratching their heads as to why youngsters are not having more sex. "A boy has to start from asking a girl on a date," she told the BBC. "They can watch porn on the internet and get sexual satisfaction that way." The shrinking of the country’s population – deaths have outpaced births for several years – has been called a "demographic time bomb" and is already affecting the job and housing markets, consumer spending and long-term investment plans at businesses.
Comedian Ano Matsui, 26, told the BBC: "I don't have self-confidence. Other countries including the US, China, Denmark and Singapore have low fertility rates, but Japan's is thought to be the worst.
Sex workers also report being afraid to carry condoms because police will use them as evidence of prostitution.
This compromises the health of sex workers and their clients.