A checklist may help whittle down the candidates, but gut instinct will determine the final decision.The hundreds of people who applied to work as a matchmaker came from a huge range of backgrounds – including high-powered bankers from J P Morgan and Goldman Sachs.• Rise of Japan's middle-aged virgins Rising childcare costs and economic instability combined with a decline in the number of young women have contributed to a falling fertility rate (dropping to a figure of 1.4 babies over the lifetime of the average woman, well below the "rate of replacement".) As a result, the government and private companies are investing in initiatives such as matchmaking parties to encourage younger generations to marry and have babies.All strands of society are being targeted – even, it seems, nuns and monks, who according to Japanese Buddhist tradition, do not take celibacy vows but are encouraged to marry to ensure the survival of hereditary family temples.That's led to taxpayer-financed dating services in places like Ishioka, a town about an hour outside Tokyo."When you think about how to prevent a decreasing population, nothing starts without marriage," said Kazuhiko Suzuki, an Ishioka city official.For 32-year-old Miss Mori is a Buddhist nun in search of a perfect husband, with a telltale black gown draped over her blouse and a red prayer book by her bag.Marriages have hit a record post-war low, with only 653,740 tying the knot last year, according to recent government figures, while average marrying ages have increased to 31 for men and 29 for women.
Nozomi Abiko, 22, who works at a local bank, came to the event after her boss gathered all the single women in the office and suggested they attend the annual dating event. The world's third-largest economy is in dire need of more people: Japan's population shrank by one million to 127 million in the five years through 2015, according to the World Bank.
I am saving my virginity for religious reasons and I absolutely, positively, would not marry a girl who is not a virgin.
I’m sure that since this is a wedding forum, most of you have read threads in which the posters describe their passion for marriage and how they would be unwilling to continue a relationship that doesn’t lead to marriage.
Hi everyone, I’m new to this forum and I’m curious to see what kind of replies I will get to this question.
I’m a 25 year old single guy, ultra-conservative Catholic, and a virgin.