And so the government is trying other options, including a housing stipend for those who marry and free early education for families with at least three children.
At the town's recent dating event, eight couples had paired up by the end of the day.
Twitter verifications ostensibly lend some measure of assurance to users of Blue, which advertises itself as "the safest dating community ever." They aren’t totally exclusive, though.
As of July 2016, any Twitter user can easily request verification through the website’s help center, and so the blue badge and white checkmark that accompany verified handles are no longer the rare social currency they once were.
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Nozomi Abiko, 22, who works at a local bank, came to the event after her boss gathered all the single women in the office and suggested they attend the annual dating event. The world's third-largest economy is in dire need of more people: Japan's population shrank by one million to 127 million in the five years through 2015, according to the World Bank.On July 25, Loveflutter launched Blue, a paid subscription tier for verified Twitter users to flirt exclusively among themselves.In the launch announcement, Loveflutter bills Blue as an app that will enable users to "date celebrities discreetly." It’s important to note that less than 50 percent of Twitter’s more than 190,000 verified users are actors, athletes, musicians, and other entertainers; the rest are political entities, corporate brands, and all sorts of other, presumably less sexy accounts.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?" Then came speed dating in small groups so they could get to know each other better.
Pictures of the successful couples are plastered on brochures in Hiroshima as a reminder to singletons to hurry up.