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The Japanese men happy with 'virtual girlfriends'

23 October 2013 Last updated at 17:55 BST

Japanese women are having fewer babies than ever before - and if this continues, by 2060 the population of the world's third largest economy will shrink by a third. But are immature and commitment-averse Japanese men to blame?

BBC Presenter Anita Rani goes to Japan to meet Nurikan and Yuge, who are content with "virtual girlfriends" Rinko and Ne-ne who they take on dates, and buy cakes to celebrate their birthdays.

Watch This World: No Sex Please, We're Japanese, on BBC Two at 21:00 BST on Thursday 24 October. Or catch it on the BBC iPlayer.

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