FT - June 8 - In 1971, Japan had 10.5 marriages for every thousand citizens. By 2009, that number had fallen to 5.9, partly because later generations were less willing to enter the kind of arranged marriages. O-net, Japan’s largest dating service, said the number of couples meeting on their site rose ~20% after the crisis. Inquiries to the dating service shot up 30%. "People are afraid to be alone after the earthquake,” said Kazuhide Unozawa, president of Prime Marriage, another dating service, which in May saw a 50% increase both in new memberships and marriages between members.
by Michiyo Nakamoto
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