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Link: Tokyo government to launch dating app in bid to boost birth rate - The Japan Times

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government will launch its own dating app as early as this summer as part of government efforts to boost the dwindling national birth rate, an official said Tuesday. Users will be required to submit documentation proving they are legally single and sign a letter stating they are willing to get married. Stating one's income is common on Japanese dating apps, but Tokyo will require a tax certificate slip to prove the annual salary. "We learned that 70% of people who want to get married aren't actively joining events or apps to look for a partner," a Tokyo government official in charge of the new app said. "We want to give them a gentle push to find one." It's not unusual for municipalities to organize matchmaking events in Japan, where births dropped to a new low in 2023, but it is rare for a local government to develop an app. #


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