Monday, May 01, 2006

Japanese government pays people to party!

Well, not just any old party, but speed-dating get-togethers. As matchmaking by busybody relatives and bosses goes out of style, and with busy work schedules leaving young people with less time and fewer opportunities to meet members of the opposite sex, dating parties have become more and more popular as a way for the unattached to meet people. In the interest of reversing falling birth rates, local governments are now getting into the act:

[L]ocal governments in Japan are prepared to provide financial support for the businesses that organize dating events as part of its efforts to tackle what it sees as a major social problem.

—Mellow Monk

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