Japan’s government wants to encourage matchmaking events in order to boost the country’s low birth rate, it’s reported.

Local authorities will get government support if they organise speed-dating or other forms of matchmaking, according to a draft policy outlining measures to increase the number of people having children, the Kyodo news agency reports. The plan is expected to be approved by Japan’s cabinet before the end of March, the agency says. It warns that between now and 2020, the country faces a “critical situation” because there aren’t enough children being born, with possible negative repercussions for both society and the economy.

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