"When you think about how to prevent a decreasing population, nothing starts without marriage," Kazuhiko Suzuki, an Ishioka city official, told CNN.
But the problem might be larger than a simple two-minute date.
It’s Valentine’s Day, but Ashlie doesn’t have that special someone.
Stephen tries to help her find Mr Right – but the road to true love is never smooth!
It may, in fact, be more endemic to how people are expected to manage their work-life balance.
Government-run speed-dating may help get people into bed, in other words, but it's not likely the grand solution to the problem of Japan's extinction.
If the conversation gets too awkward, a "marriage-promotion committee" will step in to smooth things alone.
In Japanese, the practice is known as It may, in fact, be more endemic to how people are expected to manage their work-life balance.
Oh and for good measure, this earlier research suggests you should ask your opposite-sex friends to smile at you!
A number of countries with dwindling populations desperately want their citizens to have more sex, but Japan is going the extra mile.
Meanwhile, Amandeep does meet one happy couple, and Word on the Street are guests on a very special day – their wedding!
Women hoping to appeal to speed-dating partners should try subtly mimicking the words and body-language of their dates.
Unlike countries that offer more generous parental leave, Japan only offers 14 weeks of maternity leave at 60% pay.