While the global population keeps growing, Japan
is facing a very different future which could see their population shrink
by a third in just 40 years. One reason is that the Japanese are having
As part of a journey across Japan to find out why men and women are
drifting apart and having far less sex than most other nations, Anita Rani
explores the Otaku culture - a world of nerds and geeks obsessed with
computer games and Manga cartoons - which has led many Japanese men to
withdraw from the whole dating game.
She meets two men in their late thirties who have been dating virtual
teenage girlfriends for years as part of a role playing game. Worlds apart
from the fantasy girls of the Otaku culture, Anita also meets working
professional women who struggle to work and have children in a society
still dominated by traditional gender roles.
Low birth rates, combined with longer life expectancy, is inevitably
leaving Japan with an old and rapidly aging population. Already a quarter
of Japanese people are over 65 - and 50,000 are over a 100 years old.
Anita visits a group of cheerleading pensioners and a prison with a wing
especially designed for pensioners and looks at how the population trends
in the country add to a debt problem worse than that of Greece and an
uncertain future for a country that still is the third largest economy in