DEUTSCHE WELLE - Dec 3 - Issei Izawa, a 19-year-old university student, believes that dating is "mendokusai," meaning more trouble than it's worth. The nationwide 2017 study found that ~28% of male students and ~30% of females in higher education had never been on a date. In 2005, 19.9% of male students and 17.6% of females replied that they had never been on a date. Japan's population peaked in 2010 at 127M and is presently in a slow but inexorable decline. Analysts believe the total population will fall below 100M in 2065. One-third of those people will be aged 65+. Younger women, in particular, are increasingly committed to having a career and being independent. As a consequence, they are marrying far later in life. The ubiquity of pornography available on the Internet is also likely to have an impact on young Japanese who are too shy to approach a member of the opposite sex, say experts.