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No Sex Please, We’re Japanese

Thu Oct 24, 9-10pm, BBC2

Don’t let the title deceive you. ‘No Sex Please…’ isn’t pervy piffle, it’s part of the BBC’s documentary series ‘This World’ and it’s about the very serious problem of children in Japan. Or lack thereof. Anita Rani travels around the country to illustrate the shocking effect the decreasing number of kids is having on one of the largest economies in the world.

In the northern city of Yubari, for instance, the maternity ward in the hospital is used as a storage room. In Onomishi on Honshu island, the prison is overrun by OAPs. But why? Could it be the results of a nation obsessed with virtual reality? Longer working hours? Tough immigration laws? Whatever the reason, Rani explores the question thoroughly and, with the addition of some charming characters, delivers the answers in one fully engrossing hour.