Japanese women have traditionally sought the "three highs" - of high academic achievement, physical height and an elevated income - in the perfect partner, but the report suggests that income is now their prime concern.

"More than half of single women want their spouses to earn at least four million yen (33,794 euros, ,270) a year," the report said.

What are the reasons behind this trend and how is it impacting society? Looking back, Makoto Watanabe wishes he had gotten married in his early 30s, but he admits back then he had neither the job security nor the financial resources to support a wife and family.

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"My work is so busy that I have few chances to encounter other people," she told DW.

"I do still hope to meet the right person - although I feel it is becoming even harder to do that." Shiho, who declined to give her family name for this interview, said she would not "discriminate" against a man whose salary did not match her own, but she hopes to meet a person from a similar background and with similar interests.

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The number of young Japanese men and women wanting to get married has seen a sharp decline, reveals a new study.

The two leaders agreed the "era of strategic patience" with North Korea was over and that "all options" were on the table.

In Japan, the young population have lost interest in dating partners and sex lives, multiple recent surveys have shown, and the country is facing an impending population crisis as a result.

"Meanwhile, only 15.2 percent of single men in their 20s earn four million yen or more.