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Good morning everyone,

If you're up and looking outside right now it might be hard to believe that today's forecast is calling for sun...but it is and tomorrow is supposed to be sunny as well-both days are expected to get up to 29C too. Then we can expect the rain to start again on Sunday and last till the middle of the week...after that, your guess is as good as mine!

In Japan, with its well-publicised decline in marriage and birth rates, the existence of middle-aged virgins is so prevalent that a specific term - "yaramiso" - has been coined to refer to them. Well, I can relate...I'm not going to say that I've never had sex, but it has been so long, that I feel like a virgin...does that count? Ha ha!

A growing number of tailor-made activities have now sprung up, such as Virgin Academia, which offers yaramiso lectures focusing on how to establish healthy relationships. Set up by the non-profit organisation White Hands, it also offers activities such as nude life drawing classes. Hmmm...sounds like something I might want to take up...

Among the "virgin" students at a recent art class was Takashi Sakai (41), a heterosexual male who, with his respectable job and charming smile, appeared to be a far cry from the stereotypes of social misfits. "I've never had a girlfriend," he said "It's never happened. It's not like I'm not interested. I like women. But I just cannot get on the right track."

Mr Sakai is clearly not alone. As many as one in four unmarried Japanese men aged 30 and above were virgins, according to the latest statistics, compiled in 2010. (What the statistic doesn't show is that the number of married Japanese who 'felt' like virgins was even higher...ha ha!)

The issue of men not having sex is the tip of the demographic iceberg in Japan, home to a population that is famously shrinking and ageing at a rapid rate due to a decline in marriage and birth rates. At first sight, the lack of sexual activity among a growing number of male Japanese may appear at odds with a society saturated with sexual images, from television and manga comics to city billboards.

However, a string of deep-seated social issues appear to have fuelled the rise of the male virgin in recent decades, according to experts. I've often felt that Japanese men are the most overstimulated and undersexed men on the planet! And now I'm practically one of them!

Have a great day! And if you are one of those men who is feeling undersexed...don't worry, you're not alone! Ha ha!

Have a great day!

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