Almost half of single young men and women in Japan are virgins. Up to 70 per cent of millennials aren’t in a relationship but their desire to marry remains...

New Horizons: Dying For Company

Location:

Level 6 Terrace Entrance (Circular Quay West Side)
2000 NSW
Australia

Venue:
Vivid Ideas Exchange, Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia
New Horizons: Dying For Company - Vivid Ideas 2019
New Horizons: Dying For Company - Vivid Ideas 2019

Event Details

Almost half of single young men and women in Japan are virgins. Up to 70 per cent of millennials aren’t in a relationship but their desire to marry remains strong. In a country where birth rates are crashing, the stats have been blamed on everything from anime to porn and women not pulling their weight. Award-winning journalist and broadcaster Marc Fennell and producer Claire Aird travelled to Tokyo to get the real story behind the population crisis and made some surprising discoveries. Their SBS documentary Sex in Japan: Dying for Company is a fresh look at a disturbingly old problem. 

In Japanese, the word karoshi literally means death from overwork. In the 2018 financial year, 190 people officially died or attempted suicide due to karoshi. Is there a correlation between overwork, loneliness, the dating games and ‘dying for company’? It is too simplistic to blame the falling birth rate solely on work conditions however it is certainly one of the factors at play. Marc and Claire investigate changing notions of femininity, rise of the sex industry and a breakdown in social relationships as well as the societal consequences. Their findings are alarming, and not limited to Japan.

Join them as they unpack the research behind their SBS documentary and learn more about this overworked and undersexed generation. The event includes a full screening of the 30 minute documentary and a presentation by Marc Fennell and Claire Aird followed by an in conversation session with creator of The Future of Sex podcast Bryony Cole. There will be plenty of time for questions too.

Check out more events in The New Horizons Series program

Access and Inclusion

  • Wheelchair accessible - Access to the venue is suitable for wheelchairs (toilets, ramps/lifts etc.) and designated wheelchair spaces are available.