Japan looks for love online amid coronavirus crisis – Deutsche Welle
As the coronavirus pandemic continues, Japan’s economy is struggling to keep its head above water, jobs are evaporating and the outlook is undeniably bleak.
For many young Japanese, seeking love and partnership provides a welcome distraction. However, finding a partner is complicated as people using dating websites can’t meet in person due to physical distancing regulations.
Traditional match-making companies responded by developing platforms that take searching, meeting and dating entirely online. They are confident that enthusiasm for online introductions will remain even after the world has returned to the way it was.
“We just started online dating support at the end of April, but the number of users has increased continuously and the figure doubled last week,” said Go Yamakoshi, customer service manager of Tokyo-based marriage agency Sunmarie.
“I think that because the government asked people to refrain from going out, the desire to talk to another person face-to-face has been increasing,” he said. “Simply hearing another person’s voice on the phone was not enough.”
Looking for connection in a crisis
Yamakoshi said he thinks it is human nature that people want to connect in a time of crisis, when the news is consistently bad and the future uncertain.
“Anxiety increases the desire to be with someone else and to stay together,” he said, adding that Japan’s wedding business witnessed a similar phenomenon in the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake and