New Tokyo Futari Story Dating App Fights Waning Birth Rate

New Tokyo Futari Story Dating App Fights Waning Birth Rate
New Tokyo Futari Story Dating App Fights Waning Birth Rate
Written by Harry Johnson

With a total fertility rate of only 1.3 births per woman in 2021, Japan has not reached replacement level since the 1970s.

In a society where being “hitori,” or alone, is becoming more prevalent, there is an official push to form couples, known as “futari.”

According to a Tokyo Metropolitan Government official, the administration of the Japanese capital city is making preparations to introduce its own dating application. This initiative is part of a nationwide campaign and is aimed at addressing the declining birth rate in the country.

Last year, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare of Japan reported a total of 799,728 births, which is significantly lower than the 1.58 million deaths recorded in the country. With a total fertility rate of only 1.3 births per woman in 2021, the country has not reached replacement level since the 1970s.

In 2023, the country also witnessed a further increase in its aging population, with a median age of 49. The percentage of residents aged over 65 surpassed 29%, solidifying Japan’s position as the number two country with the highest proportion of elderly citizens worldwide, second only to Monaco.

Earlier, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida emphasized that Japan is at a critical juncture, questioning its ability to sustain societal functioning. He stressed the urgency of addressing policies related to children and child-rearing, highlighting that this matter cannot be delayed or put off any longer.

Tokyo municipal official responsible for the new app reportedly stated that 70% of individuals seeking marriage do not actively participate in events or use apps to find a partner. According to him, Tokyo government just wants to provide them with a subtle encouragement to seek a partner.

New dating app, reportedly named ‘Tokyo Futari Story’, derives its name from the Japanese word ‘futari’, which signifies a couple, a pair. In order to use the app, users will be required to submit relevant documents proving their single status to ensure authenticity, undergo an interview to verify their identity, and sign a declaration confirming their sincere desire to enter into legal marriage.

A unique online platform providing advice and general knowledge for individuals looking for a companion has been launched, with the app still in the process of being developed. As per the city’s municipal officials, both the mobile and web iterations of the platform are anticipated to be released by the end of this year.


WTNJOIN | eTurboNews | eTN

(eTN): New Tokyo Futari Story Dating App Fights Waning Birth Rate | re-post license post content


 

About the author

Harry Johnson

Harry Johnson has been the assignment editor for eTurboNews for mroe than 20 years. He lives in Honolulu, Hawaii, and is originally from Europe. He enjoys writing and covering the news.

Subscribe
Notify of
guest
0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
0
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x
()
x
Share to...