“Sex is something I don’t need,” one young woman told the BBC.
Another claimed men didn’t try hard enough to attract women.
The reasons varied for the wariness about going all the way but included a lack of self-esteem, fear of rejection, all-consuming hobbies and the ease of accessing pornography online.
I was a foreign exchange student in South Korea from 1977 to 1978.
Some of the South Korean university students with whom I became close friends told me unhesitatingly that, upon being drafted into the military, but before entering into their actual military service, they planned to go to a brothel and have their first sexual experience.
Even in the 1970s, there were many women working in such unlicensed prostitution dens who later ended up as prostitutes after taking advance payments as a way out of poverty.
Japan's government denies that the women were forced into sexual slavery and says the statue wrongly blames Japan.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said San Francisco's decision challenges Japan's position and is "extremely regrettable." He said similar statues that have been built in various countries interfere with a 2015 agreement with South Korea to resolve the historical dispute.