And whenever anyone got too shy, elderly volunteers from a local "marriage-promotion committee" would step in to guide the conversation along. As it tries to revive its sputtering economy, the Japanese government hopes women like Abiko will pursue their careers at work and also have plenty of children.Nozomi Abiko, 22, who works at a local bank, came to the event after her boss gathered all the single women in the office and suggested they attend the annual dating event. The world's third-largest economy is in dire need of more people: Japan's population shrank by one million to 127 million in the five years through 2015, according to the World Bank.After each date you would then have to judge your date on a score card based on their personality, appearance and Conversation skills and then most importantly mark YES or NO for if you would like to get to know your date a little more be it for a platonic friendship, romantic or business relationship. Because good times are made up of such random evenings.

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You know, just the usual Supermom stuff.” *Him: Do you believe in Love at first sight? But I do believe in love at first brilliant conversation.” *Me: “Can you guess what I do for a living?

” Him: “No but I know you’re just about to tell me.” Me: “Well, if you insist, I’m a diver!

I literally do a bed dive every evening after a long day. I get that a lot.” And so it went on and on and I would also pose my own made-up questions. Because I remembered to bring my open mind with me ( smart move on my part ha!

I also double as a relationships, sex and health columnist. With some dates it was easier because we immediately bonded over a mutual love for a book, movie or dream destinations. ) Also, 5 minutes can pass by very quickly when you’re on a dating marathon.

Wouldn’t it be so cool to perch yourself on somebody’s wall and learn all their secrets? Before I can even properly digest the secrets I would get swatted mercilessly.

People can be cruel though.” *Him: “Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?

Officials desperately want more women to work to boost the country's stagnant economy.

But it also wants them to have more babies to reverse a long-running decline in the birth rate, one of the lowest in the world.

Once in a while I also try to walk like them because that’s what normal people do.