The survey, taken by the Japanese Association for Sex Education, found the
experience gap between females and males among high school students is also
The Tokyo-based association carries out this kind of survey about every six
years to investigate sexual behavior of young people.
In the first survey in 1974, 23 percent of male and 11 percent of female
university students said they had experienced sex.
In the previous survey in 1999, the percentage for men stood at 63 percent and
women at 51 percent.
The latest survey was carried out from November 2005 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. The association compiled the responses from 5,510 students.
The survey found 30 percent of high school girls had sexual contact, up 6
points from the previous survey, but the percentage for high school boys was
the same as before at 27 percent.
The association said it has not yet fully analyzed the survey results, but the
outcome indicates girls are outpacing boys in lowering the age of first sexual
contact. Female students probably have more opportunities to meet members of
the opposite sex than before as they turn to new communications channels, such
as e-mail via mobile phones, the association said.
As for junior high school students, the percentage of those having had sex was
almost unchanged at around 3 percent for both boys and girls.
The Japan Times