The Japanese government will spend JPY2 billion to create a digital matchmaking program for the its citizen.
This was done with the aim of increasing the birth rate in Japan.
As reported by the Japan Times, Tuesday (8/12), the budget will be disbursed in 2021. In fact, the focus is on building an artificial intelligence system to be used as a matchmaking guide for Japanese residents.
Although it is considered that it does not focus on feelings, the artificial intelligence program in Japan is expected to expand opportunities for residents to find lovers.
So far, the matchmaking program held in 47 prefectures in Japan has implemented an artificial intelligence system.
Unlike conventional matchmaking programs, artificial intelligence systems can carry out more in-depth data analysis than just hobbies and other things for participants.
“We plan to offer subsidies for local governments to conduct or run matchmaking programs using artificial intelligence,” said the Japanese Cabinet Secretary.
Using mastchmaker to boost birth rate
“We hope this can reduce the rate of decline in the national birth rate,” the statement continued.
Moreover, according to data in 2019, the fertility rate for women in Japan reaches 1.36. That figure is one of the lowest in the world to be able to maintain population numbers.
On the other hand, the number of elderly people in Japan is increasing. This makes the number of productive age in Japan smaller and affects their level of welfare.