Japanese teen dating
So why is the subject so touchy in Japan, a technologically hip country (their ketai cellphones surfed the Web long before our smart phones) that otherwise seems comfortable discussing sex?
Given Japan’s dating and demographic crisis, why the squeamishness about meeting in cyberspace?
Such sites aren’t good at marketing to Asian users. S,” he says, “all they do is localize languages, but obviously [Japanese] culture is different.”Minutes after registering, I get my first “like,” from a 26-year-old Kyoto woman named Megumi-san who says she’s using Pairs to find friends.
In the late ’90s, Catfish-style frauds metastasized at a corporate scale: whole “online dating” offices were set up, staffed by employees of both genders (known as sakura, or cherry blossoms) who played the part of fake women.
Sakura kept multiple cell phones and email accounts.
So I decide to try out Pairs, a dating application linked to Facebook that, along with Match Alarm, Niku Kai, and Yahoo Omiai, is one of the country’s most popular.
As with most Japanese dating apps, women can sign up for free, while men pay ¥2,380 (roughly ) per month.
That fee includes 12 “likes”: If you like someone’s profile and they like you back, you can send a message and go from there.