tv Asia Insight NHK World August 1, 2014 10:30pm-11:01pm JST
organized by a buddhist with support from the lo authorities. the participants are all their 30s and early 40s. a growing number of sout koreans who want to get are having trouble findi partne the average age for man is 32, the highest figur of asia. many men say that once t reach their late 30s, fi partner becomes increasi difficult. they say they've been to studying or securing a b job and have had no time pursue a relationship.
many university graduates unable to find immediate employment and those who spend years at improving skills in the hope of la better position. some are only able to find part-time work and it see economy is to blame. for a young man in his 2 30s marriage is simply not option. the older these men get, more difficult it is fin home grown spouse. many are turning their att to women who have defect north korea. many of these women have appeared on television a are drawn to their hones unassuming personalities. the phenomenon has spawn dating agencies about introducing south korean m
north korean women. in this episode of "asia insight" we follow men i quest. a report on the evolving of matchmaking in south ko cochon is a small to central south korea. praying at the local tem thought to bring good co every year some 5,000 me woman come here to pray to find a lifetime partn. praying is good, but the who runs the temple offe more practical approach.
he organizes matchmaking e strictly for people want get married. these events have so far produced 1500 couples. participants begin by registering at a recepti on the temple grounds. 44-year-old oh woo jeong about the event from a f he lives in neighboring . up until his mid-30s he change jobs several time now that he's finally fo stability as a regional official he's ready to get married. he fills out a personal form with details about height, weight, occupati annual income, family ba and assets.
average age for the firs marriage is 32, the high figure in asia. according to government statistics in 1995, only men in their late 30s rema single, but that figure risen to 1 in 5 in just year the increase in unmarrie is contributing to the f birthrate. a topic frequently discu the media as a serious s proble world bank statistics sh in 2012 the south korean fertility rate was 1.3 c it was the second lowest world after mical. the following years it f further. a government report reve growing sense of crisis. it warns the country wil
severe economic and soci consequences if the solu the imbalance in the age p aren't found. in 2006, the government tackling the issue and o next four years spent th equivalent of $20 billio campaign to encourage pe have children. strategies are in the wo eliminate kindergarten f introduce larger child r subsidies yet the birthr keeps dropping. on this day at the templ has been organized for p seeking a partner. it's the first event of kind. the monk thought it was way for people to meet m of the opposite sex. regional government author concerned with raising t birthrate have helped publ the event.
government support for mat making activities like t is a fairly common pract south korea. participants pay only ar $20, the cost of a train join. nine men and four women taking part, all in thei early 40s. the average marrying age south korean women is al rising. one reason is the growing of women seeking a career. all four of the female participants are financi inde
the tour continues with trip on the lake. to loosen up even more e joins in a round of kara one of the women appears caught his eye. son mi is a 33-year-old worker. after karaoke the partic are free to engage in conversation. he wastes no time and si himself down next to mi. some of the other men al to talk to her. he doesn't have much cha make an impression.
the tour comes to an end. as a result two couples agreed to start dating. reasons for the increasi number of single, unmarr in south korea include s competition for employment caused by an unstable jo and an emphasis on acade hist this chinese restaurant located in the city of e. seo is a 27-year-old uniit graduate and works here part-time.
less than 60% of south k are able to find a full- straight away after gradua seo is one of them. he lives at home with hi parents. he studies english five day. after graduating from ju college he found a job a rehabilitation instructo people with disabilities work was irregular and h income unstable. he decided to enter univer and graduated in february he says it was a lack of e ability that prevented h finding a full-time posi.
was dismissed for lack of and experience. reportedly one in five y people is employed on a of less than a year. now a day laborer, he wo around ten days a month an earns between 400 and $6. his room is just over thre square meters. his monthly rent is arou in the communal kitchen prepares some instant no for lunch. he lives as frugally as .
he feels stuck and findsha to take any initiative. he says love and marriag remain an unfulfilled dr television appearances b north korean defectors a the rage in south korea e days. more and more men are se such women as potential partners. this show helps transfore negative image of north women. the guests down to earth personalities are attrac lot of attention. over the past few years
growing number of dating agencies have started of match making services to korean women. every year some 2,000 no korean defectors arrive in korea. 70% are women and most a their 20s and 30s. a thousand north korean wo are registered with this currently there's only a 200 south korean male memb but the agency says that f is increasing by 20% eac. women can register for f men have to pay an annual around $3,000 and can me five women. company president, hong woo is speaking to a north korean woman about a pot .
the woman comes from a p family. she fled from north kore china when she was 22 to earn some money to send home. she spent the next ten y living in various places. after realizing it was t dangerous to return to n korea she decided to set south kore the pair talk for 30 min seem to be enjoying each company.
welcome to nhk world "newsline." i'm gene otani in tokyo. here's a look at some of stories we're foll hour. fatal blast. taiwanese thortsz expect a massive gas leak exploded in a large city that's killed fragile truce, a 72-ho cease-fire between islamic militants is in following a new round of fighting. and chinese authorities are