Officials desperately want more women to work to boost the country's stagnant economy. But it also wants them to have more babies to reverse a long-running decline in the birth rate , one of the lowest in the world. That's led to taxpayer-financed dating services in places like Ishioka, a town about an hour outside Tokyo. Related: Women: Japan's hidden asset. At a recent "konkatsu," or "marriage-hunting," event, nearly 80 single men and women buzzed around the room trying to gather as many answers as possible to a list of icebreaker questions like "What is your favorite food?
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