NZ HERALD - Sep 28 - For a country with ~127M people, very few are choosing to go on a date, or even get intimate with another person. Japan already has one of the world's lowest birthrates. With a population that has been shrinking for the past decade, Japan is projected to drop a further one-third by 2060. Young people are just "too busy" for a relationship. According to a 2011 survey, 61 % of unmarried men and 49% of unmarried women age of 18-34 were not in any type of relationship. Another study, said 30% of men in their 30s, and the same proportion in their 20s, admitting that they have no experience of dating a woman. Local governments have set up speed-dating services. The practice is known as konkatsu, or "marriage hunting".