But Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's efforts to bring more women into the workforce are falling short.Challenging traditional gender roles can be an extremely unpopular move in Japan, where many people still support the idea that a woman's place is at home.
This might go back to scams that happened in the 90s.
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.
Officials desperately want more women to work to boost the country's stagnant economy.
But it also wants them to have more babies to reverse a long-running decline in the birth rate, one of the lowest in the world.