Japan helps encourage couples to connect

February 14, 2012 7:44:36 PM PST
The Japanese government wants to help people connect and not just for Valentine's Day. More than half of Japanese people under the age of 35 are single, with no significant other and no interest in finding one.

Japanese leaders worry because the birthrate keeps falling and more than a quarter of the population is over age 65.

"We are the most rapidly, aging society in the world. No other human society has seen a developed society with so much aged population," said Kuniko Inoguchi, a former government minister.

The government has gone as far as setting-up matchmaking events. Those events include sessions with beauty advice and dating role-playing exercises. Some online dating sites even offer cash rewards for couples who marry.