The Japanese government is planning to launch an AI-based matchmaking service to help aid the falling population in the country.
Japan’s population has shrunk annually for the past thirteen years, and officials are hoping the new measures will increase birth rates.
The country has one of the lowest birth rates in the world, and not enough babies are being born to replace an aging population. Japan also has the highest proportion of people over 65 of any country in the world.
Some contributing factors to the downturn could include economic insecurity, women prioritizing their careers over raising a family, and strict immigration standards that let in few potential child-bearing foreigners.
In 2019 just 864,000 babies were born in Japan, a 5.9% drop from the previous year, which was already a historic low.
Young people in Japan also seem to have lost interest in marriage, dating ans sex. The number of marriages fell from 800,000 in 2000 to 600,000 last year.
The majority of dating platforms use artificial intelligence to improve their matching algorithms, verify user’s identities and make sure the correct images are being shown.
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