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Share of young Japanese in romantic relationships 2011-2017, by age group

This statistic presents the share of young Japanese who are in a heterosexual relationship between 2011 and 2017, broken down by age group. In 2017, about 31 percent of respondents aged 20 to 29 stated that they were currently in a relationship with a person of the opposite sex, while the same was true for 23 percent of Japanese between the age of 30 and 39.

Share of young people in Japan who are in a heterosexual relationship from 2011 to 2017, by age group

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Release date

September 2017



Survey time period

2011 to 2017; figures as of June of each year

Number of respondents


Age group

20-69 years

Special properties

nationwide survey among internet users

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

*The survey targeted 30,000 Japanese people across the country, of which the following counts were aged between 20 and 39, not married, but in heterosexual relationships during the surveyed period.
2011 n=7,639
2012 n=7,279
2013 n=7,012
2014 n=7,443
2015 n=7,383
2016 n=7,492
2017 n=6,573

The data presented was conducted by the Mitsubishi Research Institute (mif[@] The MRI is a Japan-based think tank, offering research, consulting, and IT solution services for Japanese and multinational enterprises, local governments and ministries. Established in 1970 as a commemorative project for the 100th anniversary of the Mitsubishi Group, the MRI now operates from offices in Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya, employing almost 900 people (as of September 2016).

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