SORANEWS24 - And a lot of 20-something women are yet to go on their first date too, according to a government study. As part of the paper's overarching goal of clarifying the current societal situation for men and women in Japan, the researchers asked participants in their 20s whether they were married, completely unattached, or had a "lover".
The responses were:
- Men in their 20s
- No spouse or lover: 65.8%
- Lover: 19.1%
- Common law spouse: 1.5% Spouse: 13.6%
- Women in their 20s
- No spouse or lover: 51.4%
- Lover: 27.3%
- Common law spouse: 1.4% Spouse: 19.8%
Part of the reason 40% of the 20-something men, and 25% of the women, haven't ever been on even a casual date is because casual dates themselves are less common in Japan, with the "still getting to know each other" phase often taking place at nominally platonic group events instead.