Japanese bachelors learn the art of parenting to help find wives

Mon Sep 19, 2016 9:26am EDT
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TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese bachelors looking for love can now learn child-rearing skills to boost their chances of finding a partner.

The new, all-male 'ikumen' course teaches men how to bathe and dress a baby and also helps them understand a woman's perspective on child-rearing, says Ikumen University, the Osaka-based company behind the course.

Participants in one session on Sunday in the Japanese capital wore a 7-kg (15-pound) pregnancy jacket, were taught how to improve communication with a potential spouse and filled out a worksheet stating traits women were deemed to dislike in men.

"I wanted to create a form of certification proving a man's child-rearing skills and support for married life," course instructor Takeshi Akiyama told Reuters.

"Matchmaking agencies can advertise such men as having 'extra value,' by letting potential partners know he will support the marriage."

(Reporting by Megumi Lim; Editing by Patrick Johnston)