Japan has the highest proportion of elderly citizens in the world, more than 20% of its population is over 65 years old. With COVID-19 and an economic slowdown, another problem has surfaced. The birth rate fell down to 865,000, which is one of the lowest in the world.
In an attempt to boost its declining birth rate, the Japanese government has decided to utilise Artificial Intelligence to match individuals. Matchmaking services have gradually increased over years due to a growing number of ‘parasite singles,’ people who refuse to get married.
According to Vice , the government will be investing over $19m (2bn yen) in AI projects. These projects will make a sophisticated analysis of people’s personal details. The existing matchmaking services only included age, educational background and income as the defining criteria. The funding would allow the authorities to step up their efforts to include verticals like values, interests.
Unlike the Western European nations, the notion of immigration in Japan is unpopular. This is because it is unpopular to do so on a political side and the society still is quite homogenous. Therefore, Japan has found a novel way to help its population find love.
This decision remains controversial as the civil leaders are more focused on improving the people’s living standards than AI matchmaking. According to Dr. Sachiko Horiguchi, an anthropologist at Japan’s Temple University, people earning low wages show lack of interest in romantic relationships.
Written by Versha Chaudhary