Forty percent of unattached Japanese men and women in their 20s and 30s are not interested in having a relationship, according to the results of a survey published in a Cabinet Office white paper on Monday.
The survey asked 7,000 men and women aged 20 to 39 nationwide about their views on relationships and marriage and 2,643 responded, Sankei reported.
Of the respondents, 40% -- evenly spread between men and women -- said they were not interested in starting a relationship. Of that group, the most common reason listed -- by 46.2% -- was that relationships are too much of a bother, followed by 45.1% who said they preferred to concentrate on their hobbies or interests.
Other reasons cited by respondents were they did not know how to start a relationship or where to find a possible partner. Another reason cited by some was that they felt they lacked appeal.
The survey was included in the white paper on the nation's declining birthrate. The white paper called on the government to consider a strategy to help young people get married, but did not offer specifics.© Japan Today