When I moved to Japan about five years ago, I quickly realized that finding love in this country was not going to be an easy task.
Most western men I met were either gay, in a relationship or only interested in Japanese women.
Two of my single western guy friends suggested online dating – as long as I wasn’t looking for anything serious.
As in the '90s, the executives allegedly paid their male employees to act as women and required subscribers to pay money to talk to the "girls." Out of the 2.7 million members on the site, only one was female, and the sites generated over Over the next year, Facebook users increased from 6 million in 2011 to 13.5 million by February 2012.
Many dating apps now require a Facebook login, which helps reassure users that the person they're speaking with is real.
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.