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Japan's government is going to play Cupid an attempt to encourage more couples to have babies. The country has one the lowest birth rates the world and politicians are turning novel methods to get people to add to the population. One these methods is local authorities acting as matchmakers. Japan's national government will support any local government effort speed dating, online matchmaking and other ways to coax couples to get together and start families. The draft recommendations call intensive efforts the next five years. The report says Japan faces a "critical situation" which the dwindling number children could cause serious social problems the country.

One reason the government has found Japan's falling birth rate is the rising cost raising children. The government hopes to address this a variety measures. These include plans to improve access to free nursery care, special centres people undergoing fertility treatment, and a target to increase the number fathers taking paternity leave their baby is born to 80 per cent the year 2020. There are also plans to provide greater support for families three or more children. By 2060, nearly 40 per cent of Japan’s population will be aged over 65. The over-65s already constitute 25 per cent the population. The birth rate has fallen steadily from 4.54 children per mother 1947 to just 1.42 in 2014.

 
 

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