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日本の非婚化・少子化に関する重要な指摘

人口・少子化

英紙ガーディアンで多数のアクセスとコメントを集めた記事です。

人口・少子化】で説明した非婚化・少子化の社会学的・経済学的要因についても言及されていますが、

Marriage has become a minefield of unattractive choices. Japanese men have become less career-driven, and less solvent, as lifetime job security has waned. Japanese women have become more independent and ambitious.

この記事のポイントは、人間同士の物理的接触の減少が、異性とのコミュニケーションを損なっているという指摘です。(以下、強調は引用者) 

"A few people can't relate to the opposite sex physically or in any other way. They flinch if I touch them," she says. "Most are men, but I'm starting to see more women."

Aoyama cites one man in his early 30s, a virgin, who can't get sexually aroused unless he watches female robots on a game similar to Power Rangers. "I use therapies, such as yoga and hypnosis, to relax him and help him to understand the way that real human bodies work." 

Aoyama says the sexes, especially in Japan's giant cities, are "spiralling away from each other". Lacking long-term shared goals, many are turning to what she terms "Pot Noodle love" – easy or instant gratification, in the form of casual sex, short-term trysts and the usual technological suspects: online porn, virtual-reality "girlfriends", anime cartoons. Or else they're opting out altogether and replacing love and sex with other urban pastimes.

人間に育てられた動物が、同種の動物との正常なコミュニケーションが取れなくなってしまうことがありますが、「テクノロジーに育てられた」現代日本人も同じ状態に陥っているのかもしれません。

この問題の解決策ですが、頭ではなく体で覚えるしかなさそうです。

Getting back to basics, former dominatrix Ai Aoyama – Queen Love – is determined to educate her clients on the value of "skin-to-skin, heart-to-heart" intimacy.

政府は人口減少の恐怖ではなく、人の温かさを国民に与えるべきなのでしょう。新自由主義的な競争から、協調への方向転換が必要です。

Aoyama says she sees daily that people crave human warmth, even if they don't want the hassle of marriage or a long-term relationship. She berates the government for "making it hard for single people to live however they want" and for "whipping up fear about the falling birth rate". Whipping up fear in people, she says, doesn't help anyone. And that's from a woman who knows a bit about whipping.

最後のオチが決まっています。

10/27【アルジャズィーラでも日本の独身増殖特集】に続く。