Proportion of Japanese Men That Are Lifelong Bachelors Breaks 20% for First Time; Rate has Octupled in Last 30 Years

Proportion of Japanese Men That Are Lifelong Bachelors Breaks 20% for First Time; Rate has Octupled in Last 30 Years
Yomiuri Shimbun: 生涯未婚の男性、2割を突破…30年で8倍
May 1, 2012

As of 2010, the proportions of Japanese men and women who had never been married at age 50 were 20.1% and 10.6%, respectively, it was announced today. This is the first time that the 20% and 10% barriers have been broken.

This information is to be included in “Children and Child-Rearing” white paper which will be confirmed by the Cabinet in the beginning of June.

In 1980, the proportions of the single-for-life were 2.6% for men and 4.5% for women. Now, more than 8 times more men are lifelong bachelors, and more than twice as many women are lifelong bachelorettes. The numbers of the unmarried have surged since the 1990s.

By age group: 71.8% of men and 60.3% of women age 25-29 have never been married. 47.3% of men and 34.5% of women age 30-34 have never been married. And 35.6% of men and 23.1% of women age 35-39 have never been married.

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One Comment on “Proportion of Japanese Men That Are Lifelong Bachelors Breaks 20% for First Time; Rate has Octupled in Last 30 Years”

  1. jp male Says:

    Hi, I am a Japanese male living in Tokyo/Saitama. I read this article too, and it made perfect sense (it was interesting to see there were fewer lifelong bachlors than bachelorettes 30 years ago (the pressure on men to marry was probably very strong), whereas now there are MORE lifelong bachelors than bachelorettes now). The Soshoku-Danshi in Japan, and the men going their own way (MGTOW) in the USA, are logical reactions to the misandry men witness in the media, and the misandry proudly exhibited by women (in most developed countries, probably). It makes me cringe when I see TV news stories about middle-aged women at “konkatsu parties” desperately looking for potential husbands (i.e., walking ATMs with an appendage), citing unrealistic criteria like “he should make more than 10 million yen a year, he should be willing to help with chores, child rearing, I don’t want to work part time, etc.” When are they going to realize that men are human too?


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