Japan's Desperate Plea to Make Citizens Reproduce

Japan's birthrate is declining, and soon there won't be enough young people to keep its social security system afloat. Solution: get people to hook up and make babies. To that end, some Japanese local governments are offering classes on attracting the opposite sex.

According to ABC, the prefecture of Gifu is just one Japanese region to step in and teach its youth how to like each other. Classes include "makeup and styling lessons for women, dating role play and voice projection exercises for men." The organizer claims that "a lot of men don't know how to make themselves appealing to women. They only know to talk about their jobs and hobbies, but that conversation doesn't extend beyond the first meeting. We prep them beforehand to make sure it does." Clearly Patti Stanger needs to travel to Japan — she'd be the perfect person to berate its population into procreating.

Romance and Sex Need Government Nudge in Japan [ABC]