The company behind a site called 81 just announced that its total of registered users has exceeded 10,000, this just two months after release.
Online dating sites like don’t really have clear equivalents in Japan, at least not ones that people talk about using openly.
Online dating is still less common here and even a little frowned upon.
But thanks to the rise of social networks, especially Facebook, more people feel safe about meeting someone new online.
Here are just a few social online dating services that leverage Facebook, in no particular order.
The site is popular with young women, and is free to use — but for men, it requires a monthly fee of 2,500 yen.
By looking at your Facebook social graph, Match Alarm recommends a new person for you every morning at 8am.If individuals find each other attractive, they can start chatting within the app.Many online matchmaking services requires users to do the searching, but Match Alarm takes away the hassle by doing the work for users.Users can check each other’s profile for a limited time, just until the end of the day (for 16 hours).It takes three coins (one coin is roughly ) to tap on the ‘I might like you’ button. The word ‘Omiai’ refers to a Japanese custom where individuals are introduced to each other as potential marriage material.According to Omiai-jp.com’s Facebook app page, it is the biggest online dating service in Japan to leverage the Facebook social network.