Government to boost support for 'konkatsu' matchmaking business

Oct 11, 2016

Government to boost support for 'konkatsu' matchmaking business

The central government will expand the scope of its assistance to konkatsu spouse-hunting events to include those hosted by companies and other private organizations. Such support is currently limited to activities sponsored by municipalities. The central government hopes to encourage more people to marry, ...

Census first to confirm shrinking of population

Feb 26, 2016

Census first to confirm shrinking of population

A census has confirmed the hard reality long ago signaled by shuttered shops and abandoned villages across the country: The population is shrinking. The population stood at 127.1 million last fall, down 0.7 percent from 128.1 million in 2010, according to results of the ...