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No Sex Please, We’re Japanese

A customer shops for “manga” comics at a shop in Tokyo.Getty Images

A customer shops for “manga” comics at a shop in Tokyo.Getty Image

Vinclu Inc has created a hologram “wife” who will do things like reminding you to take an umbrella in the morning and text you in the day to let you know she’s thinking of you.

As for physical pleasure, there are a myriad of options available for all tastes, including “soaplands.”

These are popular clubs where the male client enjoys good clean fun with a woman who lies him on a waterproof mattress, covers him in soapy water and slides all over him. Sex is not part of the deal.

So-called “cuddling cafes” are also big business, where guest pay around $35 to snuggle up and nap with a stranger, or have them pat you on the head.

Then there are the “maid cafes,” which offer waitresses in frilly outfits who will treat you as their master or mistress.

At the weirder end of the spectrum, you can pay $70 to spend an hour with a woman who will dress up as your favorite anime character and hold your hand.

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Or, if even that is too real, you can buy yourself a “girlfriend knee pillow” — a $110 plastic replica of a girl’s kneeling legs so you can rest your head in her lap.

There are also a huge variety of “hug pillows” in the shape of a man or woman’s torso, complete with one arm to hold you.

Meanwhile, Japan’s porn industry is among the most creative in the world.

Anime cartoon porn magazines and videos featuring big-eyed girls have evolved to show every explicit scenario. And online, popular games allow you to create a virtual partner.

Thirty percent of single women and 15 percent of single men aged between 20 and 29 admit to having fallen in love with a character from an anime comic or video game.

Adult actress Anri Okita has made a name for herself by dressing up as anime characters. Getty Images

Adult actress Anri Okita has made a name for herself by dressing up as anime characters. Getty Images

Even some of the real girls in Japan look, well, unreal.

This week The Sun profiled Instagram star Jun Amaki, who “broke the internet” in Japan by posing in a so-called “virgin killer sweater” that exposed her anime-like body.

The appeal of the 21-year-old perhaps sums up sexuality in Japan, where fantasy is more appealing than real relationships. So what’s going wrong?

Dr. Sharon Kinsella, lecturer in Japanese studies at the University of Manchester, blames the country’s economic decline which means that having a family now seems unaffordable.

She explained: “It’s had a knock-on impact on relationships more generally because Japanese people don’t see the point in dating someone they won’t marry.”

“Many of the singles I’ve spoken to, especially the women, see it as labor.”

Japanese doll maker Orient Industry created the life-size Love Doll, an ultra-realistic sex toy. Getty Images

Japanese doll maker Orient Industry created the life-size Love Doll, an ultra-realistic sex toy. Getty Images

Indeed, a survey by the Japanese Family Planning Association in 2013 found 45 percent of women aged 16 to 24 said they were “not interested in or despised sexual contact.” A quarter of men felt the same way.

A third of under-30s had never dated, while a quarter aged 35 to 39 had never had sex.

All this helps explains why Japan’s birth rate is ranked 222 out of 224 countries.

The government estimates that by 2060 the population will have fallen from 127 million people to just 87 million, with 40 percent aged 65 and over. …. (read more)

Source: New York Post

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