Speed dating, he argues, gave bored ole economists new and exciting data to play around with.Because of the nature of the game, speed dating allowed them to make observations about people’s selection of a partner in a relatively short space of time through a much simpler hook-up system than ‘normal life’…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.Nozomi Abiko, 22, who works at a local bank, came to the event after her boss gathered all the single women in the office and suggested they attend the annual dating event. The world's third-largest economy is in dire need of more people: Japan's population shrank by one million to 127 million in the five years through 2015, according to the World Bank.Setsuya Fukuda, a demographer at the National Institute of Population and Social Security Research, points to the Netherlands and the U. But as Japanese officials can attest, getting people to couple up is no easy matter.Nearly all local governments in the country are trying to play matchmaker these days.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.
" Then came speed dating in small groups so they could get to know each other better. The way people talk about it, you would swear startups had replaced the Euromillions or something. From conferences to school corners, we’ve all fallen in love with the of becoming the next ‘big thing’ in tech – or at the very least – investing in it.The majority are coming at it from the wrong angle by asking the wrong basic questions of themselves from the get go – “” But that’s a rant for another time (or maybe not at all considering I haven’t any startup to show for myself, failed or otherwise).The point is the frenzy for random acts of investment have reached a crisis point.
Many of them "strongly believe that encouraging women to work reduces the birth rate, and leads to more divorce," said Machiko Osawa, a labor economist at Japan Women's University, who has long championed women's rights.