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But it also wants them to have more babies to reverse a long-running decline in the birth rate, one of the lowest in the world.
That's led to taxpayer-financed dating services in places like Ishioka, a town about an hour outside Tokyo.
The prefecture of Hiroshima has managed some degree of success: 15 couples who met through dating events that started last year have since married, and one baby arrived this summer.
Pictures of the successful couples are plastered on brochures in Hiroshima as a reminder to singletons to hurry up.
Nearly all local governments in the country are trying to play matchmaker these days.
Fukui, a prefecture on the western coast, has hosted an online dating service since 2010, making it a pioneer in government-supported romance." Then came speed dating in small groups so they could get to know each other better.And whenever anyone got too shy, elderly volunteers from a local "marriage-promotion committee" would step in to guide the conversation along. As it tries to revive its sputtering economy, the Japanese government hopes women like Abiko will pursue their careers at work and also have plenty of children.We're looking for a diversity of people for the important job of keeping America safe.Officials desperately want more women to work to boost the country's stagnant economy."That is one of the reasons why many politicians are reluctant to promote women working outside [the home]." Some experts argue, though, that a more equal share of bread-winning and housework duties between the sexes will mean happier men and women -- and therefore, more babies. Both rank among the top 20 in the World Economic Forum's Global Gender Gap index and boast fertility rates far higher than that of Japan, which ranks 101st out of 145 countries on the index.