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The federal government is hosting speed dating events.
For the past two years, Japan's government has sponsored speed dating events around the country. People are encouraged to go on multiple dates in the hopes they'll eventually get hitched and have kids.
If the conversation gets too awkward, a "marriage promotion committee" will step in to smooth things along.
In Japanese, the practice is known askonkatsu, or "marriage hunting."
Couples can project their faces onto a virtual-reality baby to feel like parents.
At this year's SIGGRAPH computer graphics conference, Motherboard's Marissa Clifford tested out a virtual-reality game in which her own face was projected onto a digital baby.
The idea was that by caring for a baby that bore her resemblance, she might be more inclined to have kids of her own.
Clifford could feed the baby (using the VR controller) and put the baby in her crib. It had all the trappings of motherhood, except it existed only in the digital realm.
Bachelors are taking fatherhood classes in which they play with dolls.
In a similar vein, the Osaka-based company Ikumen University has launched workshops that involve men putting on weight suits, changing diapers on dolls, and learning what it takes to be a dad.
The termikumencomes from a term coined by advertisers to describe men who take an active role in raising their children.
The goal is to increase feelings of bonding and maturity among the bachelors, so they feel more like capable men.
Airports are outfitting older employees with robotic exoskeletons.
Tokyo's Haneda Airport has partnered with robotics company Cyberdyne to equip its staff with robotic exoskeletons that can assist with the grueling practice of lifting luggage.
The device, known as HAL for Labor Support, sits on the user's waist and picks up bioelectric signals from his or her muscles to aid movement. A person weighing roughly 110 lbs. could pick up a 45-lb. suitcase with ease.
The exoskeletons work in tandem with floor robots that can cart loads upward of 400 lbs. and clean the airport terminals.
Prisons are turning into nursing homes to accommodate older inmates.
Seniors are living with robots that keep them company.
So-called "carebots" are slowly entering the homes of Japanese senior citizens.
As they get more developed, these robots will come to serve a number of purposes, including keeping the resident company, picking them up if they can do it themselves, monitoring their health, and responding to commands.
Sales of these robots are expected to have reached 12,400 units between 2015 and 2019, according to a . That number is expected to "increase substantially" over the next 20 years.
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