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Japan is trying to get more men and women to go dates. It wants to increase its birth rate because there are fewer and fewer babies being born. Japan is going to use artificial intelligence (AI) to match couples and help residents find love. The government has decided to use $19 million next year to set the software . There are already matchmaking services half of Japan's 47 prefectures. These involve filling forms and answering questions hobbies and interests. A worker then matches people based the answers. Some prefectures are now starting AI projects to automate the system. AI software can perform a more advanced analysis data and get better matches.

The government hopes the project will increase the size the population. Japan's fertility rate is one the lowest the world. The average number children a Japanese woman is expected to have her lifetime is 1.36. This figure is continuing to go down, which is why the government is trying the AI programme. A government spokesperson said: "We hope this support will help reverse the decline the nation's birth rate." Japan's population is rapidly ageing because people are living longer. The longevity rate women is the highest in the world. This is a problem the economy. There are fewer and fewer younger workers to pay the pension and welfare costs retired people.

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