As a recent Fast Company article points out, many Japanese still view online dating as a scam.
That perception dates back to the '90s, when pseudo dating sites required men to pay per message and had their employees pose as female subscribers. This past June, The Daily Mail reported that eight executives were arrested in Japan after allegedly fake dating sites they created in 2004 were exposed.
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The ads don’t just come out and say they’re looking for sakura, though.
Instead, they say things like “data entry” and “sending company emails.
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To add to that, a 2014 survey by the Japan Family Planning Association found that 49% of all respondents had not had sex in the past month, and 18% of men said they had no interest in sex at all.
"The Japanese are legitimately worried about running out of Japanese people," comedian Aziz Ansari writes in his new book, "Modern Romance," co-authored by sociologist Ansari notes that Japanese culture and the fear of being perceived as "charai" (or "a sleazy player") may explain why online dating hasn't exploded in Japan.
Rocket News24: So how did you get started working as a sakura?
Asakura: They advertise for sakura in the regular employment magazines that have part-time job listings.
After wasting months subtly pursuing a guy at work only to discover he had a girlfriend, I quit the Japanese way – and bento making, also described by my friends as a boyfriend magnet in Japan.