MAINICHI - Apr 3 - IBJ, based in Tokyo, offers a number of dating services. After the first state of emergency declaration spanning April to May 2020 was lifted, the company saw a rise in one-to-one meetings of potential marriage partners among its affiliated marriage consultation centers nationwide. In October 2020, a record 42,680 one-on-one meetings were held, and the number of couples getting engaged through their services was also its highest ever, with reportedly ~9,700 couples. A survey by Recruit Co.'s bridal research firm showed that 41.6% of singles who already had a desire to date and marry said their feelings about "wanting to marry someday" had "risen" due to the coronavirus crisis. Additionally, 37.5% said their desire to have a romantic partner was stronger.