THE ECONOMIST - Oct 3 - Match-making services that promote iju konkatsu, meaning "migration spouse-hunting", are increasingly common in Japan. They are typically operated by local governments. Along with online matching services, municipalities across Japan host parties to help singles mingle. They also organize group tours in rural prefectures, in which half the participants are locals and the other half from cities, to encourage urbanites to marry and move to the countryside. Hundreds of singletons participate in these tours every year.