November 11, 2006

62% of female university students in Japan not virgins: survey

TOKYO — (Japan Today) Sixty-two percent of female university students in Japan have had sex, up 10 percentage points from six years ago to reach the same level as the percentage of their male peers, according to a nationwide survey released Saturday.

The survey, taken by the Japanese Association for Sex Education, found the experience gap between females and males among high school students was also shrinking.

The Tokyo-based association carries out this kind of survey about every six years to investigate sexual behaviors of young Japanese.

In the first survey conducted in 1974, 23% of male and 11% of female university students said they have experienced sex.

In the previous survey in 1999, the percentage for men stood at 63% and women at 51%.

The latest survey was carried out from last November through this March with junior high school, high school and university students in Hokkaido, Akita, Miyagi, Tokyo, Tochigi, Niigata, Shizuoka, Kyoto, Shimane, Kochi, Fukuoka and Kumamoto prefectures. The association compiled the responses from 5,510 students.

The survey found 30% of high school girls were not virgins, up 6 points from the previous survey, but the percentage for high school boys was the same as before at 27%.

The association said it has not yet fully analyzed the results of the survey, but the outcome indicates that girls are taking a lead in a lowering trend in the age of having first sexual experiences since the 1990s in Japan.

Female students probably have more opportunities to meet members of the opposite sex than before as they tend to use new communication channels, such as emails via mobile phones, more often than male students do, the association said.

As for junior high school students, the percentage of those having had sex was almost unchanged at around 3% for both boys and girls.

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