Si chiama sekkusu shinai shokogun, la sindrome del celibato dei giovani sotto i 40 anni che spaventa il governo di Tokyo, alle prese con il rapido invecchiamento della popolazione dovuto a tassi di crescita della popolazione tra i più bassi al mondo.
Japan's under-40s appear to be losing interest in conventional relationships. Millions aren't even dating, and increasing numbers can't be bothered with sex. For their government, "celibacy syndrome" is part of a looming national catastrophe. Japan already has one of the world's lowest birth rates. Its population of 126 million, which has been shrinking for the past decade, is projected to plunge a further one-third by 2060. Aoyama believes the country is experiencing "a flight from human intimacy" – and it's partly the government's fault.