You've probably seen it at some point because of their rigorous online marketing flooding your news feed.
Pairs is a safe, worry free app that will really help you connect with someone and does a relatively good job of filering out the creepers.
They had accidentally signed up to a ‘sakura site’, which are scam dating sites known for employing staff to persuade users to pay for expensive memberships.
While this doesn’t sound hugely scandalous, they managed to rake in an impressive 10 billion yen (million or £53million) in 2012.
I did find Japanese guys very attractive, but they would never approach me, being notoriously shy around foreign women.
I could sometimes detect a flicker of interest, at most, before they ran away. From what I gathered from my Japanese girlfriends, it seemed to involve a lot of passiveness, indirect communication, text messaging, misunderstandings and patience.
Most western men I met were either gay, in a relationship or only interested in Japanese women.
The scam sites are believed to have enriched the men to the tune of more than £34 million since they were set up in 2004, taking advantage of millions of lonely men who wasted time and money engaging in online conversations with employees operating fake accounts.
Claim: According to Rocket News 24, Miura Tetsuo is one of the eight executives arrested over the scam that are believed to have enriched the men to the tune of more than £34 million since they were set up in 2004In fact employees were even reportedly paid to continue conversations with the men via email and mobile messaging programmes in order to trick them into believing they were having some success and should continue to pay membership fees despite never actually meeting women.
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.
Two of my single western guy friends suggested online dating – as long as I wasn’t looking for anything serious.