TOKYO — Most of us get a big ol' chuckle when we watch The 40 Year Old Virgin, but many Japanese men aren't laughing.
More than 40 percent of Japan's adult singles are virgins, according to a government study.
Sex-less lifestyles are blamed on everything from a stagnant economy including Japanese Manga fans favoring fantasy over reality. Just look at Tokyo's famous red-light district!
"In Japanese society, we have so much entertainment," Shingo Sakatsume said. "Why do we need to choose love or sex?"
Nude art classes are the closest many middle-aged men have ever been to an actual naked woman. The classes try to help people feel more comfortable with their sexuality, and there's even a textbook specifically for virgins.
The apparent disconnect is leading to fewer relationships, record-low birth rates, and a shrinking population. Some people think if Japanese men get their mojos back, the country's other setbacks will be solved too.
Talk about putting your problems to bed.