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, ...

Big data used to support marriage hunting in Japan

Dec 31, 2015

Big data used to support marriage hunting in Japan

Regional local governments are increasingly utilizing big data, or huge sets of diverse digital information, to support matchmaking services, with some aiming to stem the exodus of young people to cities. Under one system, the Ehime Prefecture Government has compiled information on participants taking ...

Matchmaking event for trainspotters held near Tokyo

Sep 13, 2014

Matchmaking event for trainspotters held near Tokyo

About 1,000 railway fans took part in Tetsukon, a matchmaking event especially for them, on Saturday near Tokyo, with about 100 men and women coupling. Saitama Railway Corp. and Tokyo Metro Co. jointly hosted the event in the city of Saitama to offer their ...

Perfect match: Miyakon help singles connect

Nov 9, 2013

Perfect match: Miyakon help singles connect

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Despite being located almost a stone’s throw from the historic town of Nikko in Tochigi Prefecture and establishing itself as the gyōza capital of Japan, Utsunomiya was languishing in the economic doldrums for the much of the early 2000s. Nearly a decade later, the ...