Finding Love in Japan

Source: Al Jazeera, August 20

The path to true love is never easy but in Japan finding “the one” has never been harder. Only a third of the nation’s youth [are] in a relationship.

Many consider a romantic partner bothersome in a country famous for maid cafes, herbivore men and pop idol shows. For the government, playing Cupid is now in the national interest. As the country’s population rapidly declines, it’s funding matchmaking events to help encourage marriage – and babies.

Such events are also being embraced by reality shows, small towns and even monks who need a partner for their temple to survive.

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2 responses to “Finding Love in Japan

  1. Josef Eisinger

    And to think that 100 years ago Japan justified its wars with a need for lebensraum for its population.

  2. mike holliday

    There is hope for humanity. If more countries follow Japan’s example the seemingly inexorable rise in population might be halted. Imagine. A world that is not being destroyed by the massive weight of human consumption.
    The Japanese authorities should stop trying to combat this process and export it instead.