The rising popularity of human-like sex dolls in Japan is threatening to turn the population into a “endangered species” if the birth-rate continues to plummet, according to an expert.
features is growing across the world as technology becomes more advanced and prices drop.
In most countries they’re considered to be an expensive sex toy used by men and women to pleasure themselves.
But in Japan, there are fears the widespread use of silicone love dolls is accentuating the declining birth-rate and population.
Japan’s birth-rate fell below one million last year, a trend that has partially been blamed on the rise of sex dolls by some demography experts.
A documentary by RT, titled “Substitutes”, lays bare the concerning trend of men opting for sex dolls instead of women.
The film examines how sex dolls are reducing the birth-rate and fuelling “a national mood of loneliness and alienation”.
Sex dolls sales have been increasing dramatically, according to Japanese firm Dutch Wives, which sold around 2,000 life-like dolls in 2017.
The fake plastic women, costing around £4,600 ($6,000), have removable heads and adjustable fingers and genitals, the company said.
Sex doll salesman Noburu Tanaka told RT that having sex with a silicone girl is better than the real thing.
He said: “It’s an amazing feeling. It looks like a doll, but you feel as though it’s really alive.
“When you make love to your wife, there can be some problems. With a doll, none of that matters.”
But experts claim sex dolls are dampening the birth-rate and creating a larger demographic of singletons shunning relationships with real women.
With a population of 127million, Japan’s fertility rate has been stuck on 1.42 for the past three years, statistics show.