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Tokyo funds matchmaking parties to boost birth rate

•, By Danielle Demetriou

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 government figures. 
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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