The Japanese government is funding matchmaking events in a desperate attempt
to boost a birth rate that has halved over the past six decades.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has allocated an additional 3 billion yen (£17.7
billion) in this fiscal year’s budget for birthrate-boosting programmes as
part of a strategy to reverse the nation’s shrinking population.
Japan is home to one of the fastest ageing societies in the world, with the
population shrinking at a record 244,000 in 2013 alone, according to
The support of marriage - and the active encouragement of young people to
settle down - is regarded by government policy-makers as a key strategy for
boosting the nation’s birth rate.
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