Dating services in japan
At a recent "konkatsu," or "marriage-hunting," event, nearly 80 single men and women buzzed around the room trying to gather as many answers as possible to a list of icebreaker questions like "What is your favorite food?" Then came speed dating in small groups so they could get to know each other better.Officials desperately want more women to work to boost the country's stagnant economy.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."When you think about how to prevent a decreasing population, nothing starts without marriage," said Kazuhiko Suzuki, an Ishioka city official.
Challenging traditional gender roles can be an extremely unpopular move in Japan, where many people still support the idea that a woman's place is at home.Are things really so different from the times of traditional "omiai? It is more of a blind date, and friends, family, co-workers, or employers might set-up the introduction. Many times people will introduce two friends by going out as a group.If the two being introduced like each other, they will go out on their own."We'd like to go out for dinner first, and start our relationship little by little," said one man, on his way out the door with his new girlfriend. Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly described the place where 15 couples who met through dating events have since married. Jennifer May It was not that long ago parents of young Japanese men and women arranged marriages themselves, or with the use of a matchmaker called a "nakodo." These marriages were arranged more for political or wealth reasons rather than for love and attraction.