If the conversation gets too awkward, a "marriage-promotion committee" will step in to smooth things alone.
In Japanese, the practice is known as It may, in fact, be more endemic to how people are expected to manage their work-life balance.
It may, in fact, be more endemic to how people are expected to manage their work-life balance.
That’s according to Nicholas Gueguen whose new study shows that women who mimic are rated by men as more sexually attractive.
Gueguen recruited three female participants who were taking part in real-life, heterosexual speed-dating sessions and coached them to mimic some of their 66 male dates but not others.
Due primarily to younger generations losing interest in getting married and starting families, the population has actually shrunk by more than 1 million since 2010.
Economists, not typically an alarmist bunch, have called the situation a "demographic time bomb," which has led Japan to initiate a multi-pronged approach to reverse the trend.
For extra appeal, the Digest blog archive suggests speed-daters could try combining mimicry with a light touch of their partner’s arm.
Guegen’s previous research has shown that this can improve the success of romantic requests for a dance or phone number.
It’s Valentine’s Day, but Ashlie doesn’t have that special someone.
Stephen tries to help her find Mr Right – but the road to true love is never smooth!
Oh and for good measure, this earlier research suggests you should ask your opposite-sex friends to smile at you!
A number of countries with dwindling populations desperately want their citizens to have more sex, but Japan is going the extra mile.
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