No sex for generation on-the-move

Kimie Takahashi

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“Have you heard that young Japanese have stopped having sex? Have you read the recent BBC article? Young men are having virtual girlfriends on smart phones. How weird! Not really good news for Japan’s shrinking population, is it?” These are the kinds of comments I have been hearing ever since the Guardian published an article last month on sexless young Japanese as the reason behind the nation’s low birth rate. As these reports went viral on social media, several people asked me for my thoughts on sexless Japan.
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationLanguage on the move
PublisherLanguage on the move
Publication statusPublished - 5 Nov 2013

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  • 200401 applied linguistics and educational linguistics
  • 200405 language in culture and society (sociolinguistics)

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