"We'd like to go out for dinner first, and start our relationship little by little," said one man, on his way out the door with his new girlfriend. Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly described the place where 15 couples who met through dating events have since married.
International Cupid is a popular foreign dating and personals site helping 1000s of singles find their prospective long-term partner.
According to a 2015 study by the Pew Research Center, 15 percent of American adults have used online dating sites (web-based platforms like Match.com) and/or dating apps (location-based smartphone apps like Tinder).
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.
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.