A national census in Japan has revealed that nearly a quarter of Japanese men at the age of 50 are yet to marry, Independent
The report of the National Institute of Population and Social Security Research also found one in seven Japanese women aged 50 were yet to be married.
Both figures were the highest since the census began in 1920, and represent a raise of 3.2 percent among men and 3.4 per cent among women from the previous survey in 2010.
The growing trend was attributed to less social pressure to marry as well as financial worries.
The number of single Japanese people is more likely to rise and more young people have no intention of getting married in the future, the institute said.
More than four million middle-aged singles in Japan still live with their elderly parents and depend on them financially, which researchers dubbed “parasite singles”.