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One in three single men and women in big cities have gone on matchmaking dates despite a general trend among urbanites of regarding arranged marriages as unfashionable, according to a recent survey conducted in Tokyo and Osaka.

Out of 300 men and women polled in August by the film- and camera-maker Konica Corp., 33 percent said they had experienced “omiai” — a custom in which matchmakers intercede and introduce potential partners to each other and to each other’s parents.

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