Officials desperately want more women to work to boost the country's stagnant economy.

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Naked London is supporting the YCC in their mission to develop the next generation of creative talent in London and beyond.

Christian Gladwell, Naked CEO said: "The YCC is important.

"The men are too shy to talk to the women, so I always encourage them," she said.

But three years of speed dating in Ishioka has only yielded two married couples.

Pictures of the successful couples are plastered on brochures in Hiroshima as a reminder to singletons to hurry up.

Private businesses have also sprung up, such as a dating cram school in Ibaraki prefecture on the eastern coast, where Kyoko Ishiduka counsels singles on how to court each other.

Our industry exists to generate demand for our client's products, brands and services across society, yet we exclude many strata of that very society from a career in communication.

At the root of the YCC is the drive to open up our industry to those to whom it would usually be shut.

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.

And so the government is trying other options, including a housing stipend for those who marry and free early education for families with at least three children.