Because Japan has one of the lowest birth rates in the world and its population is on course to shrink dramatically by the middle of the century, every five years the government carries out a detailed survey of attitudes to sex and marriage. The studies and surveys have reported loss of sexual drive across several demographics, from adolescent men and women, to married couples. Amongst the top reasons married couples cite for not having sex is that during pregnancy and whilst breastfeeding sex can decrease markedly or even become nonexistent for a habit-forming period of time. Thus sexual activity decreases long-term. About 1 in 5 Japanese couples say they simply view sex as a nuisance, a small number cite the lack of private space, because elderly or children often sleep on just the other side of paper-thin wall to couples.
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Japan is both overwhelmingly modern and traditional at the same time. This does not just apply to the amalgamation of skyscrapers and ancient Shinto shrines in cities like Kyoto, but also on a more sociological level. The matter of sexuality in Japan is one of the first things that come to mind.
A i Aoyama is a sex and relationship counsellor who works out of her narrow three-storey home on a Tokyo back street. Her first name means "love" in Japanese, and is a keepsake from her earlier days as a professional dominatrix. Back then, about 15 years ago, she was Queen Ai, or Queen Love, and she did "all the usual things" like tying people up and dripping hot wax on their nipples. Her work today, she says, is far more challenging.