As we know that Japan is struggling with the problem of Celibacy Syndrome.

What strategic steps has Japan taken to end its fight with celibacy syndrome?

What policies have been implemented?

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    You are welcome. Tentatively I would say the indigenous birth rate is in line with other OECD countries. But as a mono-cultural country with low immigration, the usual mitigating factor doesn't exist. Economic incentives have thus far been insufficient to raise the birth rate above the replacement ratio. Aug 16, 2017 at 6:05
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    Did you read the wikipedia article that you linked to? "One critic accused the Guardian and other media outlets of using "cherry-picked" data in order to make a sensational claim that appeals to Western notions of a "weird Japan". Another criticism points to contrary statistics that indicate that Japanese youth are having sex more frequently than ever".
    – James K
    Aug 16, 2017 at 6:12
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    Fair enough, I'll opt out. Treatment of a posited psycho-sexual syndrome is beyond my area of interest in Politics.SE Aug 16, 2017 at 7:08
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it's based on a faulty premise. The wikipedia page pretty much explains that.
    – user1530
    Aug 16, 2017 at 7:21
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    @LateralFractal The "young" is defined as 18 to 34 years old in Japan. The rate of unmarried people who are virgin, don't have boy/girlfriends, and answered they don't like to have a kid and/or boy/girlfrined all keep increasing, which is a strong indicator of young people giving up sex. All of these have been discussed everywhere and you can get any resources pretty easily.
    – Blaszard
    Aug 16, 2017 at 12:05

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"Celibacy syndrome" was a term coined by a journalist for a 2013 article the article combined two popular "click-bait" topics: "Sex" and "Weird Japan". The data used to support the existence of such a "syndrome" was poorly sourced. There is little evidence that such a syndrome exists and no evidence that it is a major contributor to the birth rate. Indeed there is evidence that over a longer timescale, sexual activity among young adults has increased.

While it was widely reported in Western media, there has been little discussion of a decline in sexual activity among young adults in Japan. It is not considered a problem, as it does not exist and has not been reported to exist. And therefore no strategic steps have been planned or implemented to fight the syndrome.

While "celibacy syndrome" is a fantasy, there is a real problem of a declining birth-rate, low levels of immigration and an aging population.

  • thank you for your answer, you are saying that its not a problem, but there is very serious problem of falling birth rate, independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/…. that might be due to this celibacy Syndrome. what you say ? Aug 16, 2017 at 7:17
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    Yes, that is exactly what I am saying. The article in the Independent is not about celibacy syndrome, and you have repeatedly stated that your question is not about falling birth rates.
    – James K
    Aug 16, 2017 at 7:21

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