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‘Herbivorous men’ could be the reason nobody’s having sex in Japan

It’s not what you are thinking, no one is eating grass in Japan. “Herbivorous men” is a term coined by Japanese to describe men that have zero interest in women.

According to Tech Bites, an online magazine, only 1.001 million babies were born in japan in 2014 – a record low – and 1.269 million died.

Showing an overall crisis in the country. Either one of the debates that has been put forward to explain the reasons why, is the rise in the number of herbivorous men.


In an interview with columnist Maki Fukasawa – and also the one who first came up with the term (herbivorous) to better illustrate the men – she said in Japan sex is termed as ‘relationship of the flesh’ hence the term herbivorous men since they are not interested in flesh.

According to a 2015 survey as reported on in the Japan Times, among male respondent, 17.9 percent reported a little or no interest in having sex – or even an extreme dislike of it.

Also the lack of interest has been explained as due to the long working hours. Over 20 percent of the married men in the Japan Times study said they weren’t interested in sex because they were too tired from work.

This behavior is said to have affected the country’s economy. Sales are down in status products like cars and alcohol.