December 7th According to a report by Japan’s Yomiuri Shimbun on the 7th, the Japanese government is promoting a matchmaking project to use artificial intelligence (AI) to screen marriage partners. The project will be recommended according to the potential fit between men and women, rather than the age and income conditions proposed by the participants.
According to the report, in order to improve the marriage rate and curb child-childization, 25 prefectures in Japan have launched government matchmaking services, mainly based on the age, education and income conditions proposed by participants.
On this basis, 10 counties, including Fukui Prefecture, introduced AI systems, launched matchmaking services such as “AI love”, and screened out “people who may have a good impression on you”. Even if they do not meet the conditions put forward by both parties, they will be recommended.
Of the 38 couples successfully married through the government matchmaking service in 2019, more than half of them were successfully paired through AI recommendation, reaching 21 groups. The Japanese government plans to invest more in this service, and will invest at least 2 billion yen (about $20 million) in 2021.
According to the data released by Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, the number of marriages in Japan has dropped from 800,000 in 2000 to 600,000 pairs in 2019. Unmarried and late marriage have become the main reason for the problem of childless childlessization.
As part of Japan’s child-childization response, the cost of government AI matchmaking services will be controlled at 10,000 to 20,000 yen (about 90 to 200 USD). The person in charge of the Japanese government said that he hoped that this service would establish a reputation among the people and help more people enter the marriage hall.