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Asia Insight

Asia braces for baby bust as singles wait to wed

Japan is not alone in facing low fertility and higher welfare costs

WATARU SUZUKI, NIKKI SUN and JUSTINA LEE, Nikkei staff writers | Japan

TOKYO/HONG KONG/SINGAPORE -- For Eva Zeng, a 33-year-old public communications specialist at a property company in Beijing, marriage is not a must.

A successful career, an apartment in a top-tier city, a car -- Zeng already has most of the things that typically make a man marriage material in China. Although she has not found a husband, she is happy with her life.

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