“It’s very hard for temple owners in particular, because their temples will close if they cannot pass them on to their children.They say that money can’t buy you love, but maybe they weren’t shopping in the right places.But Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's efforts to bring more women into the workforce are falling short.
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The events were aimed at helping Japan’s 75,000 temple families hit hard by the nation’s demographic decline, according to Mr Sekine, who also organises yoga and Italian organic cuisine at his temple to attract younger generations.
“People are not having children and it’s difficult for those living in small cities and rural areas to meet other young people,” he said.
• 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.