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Only in Japan, Real Men Go to a Hotel With Virtual Girlfriends
WSJ ^ | 8/31/2010 | DAISUKE WAKABAYASHI

Posted on 09/01/2010 3:51:49 AM PDT by markomalley

ATAMI, Japan—This resort town, once popular with honeymooners, is turning to a new breed of romance seekers—virtual sweethearts.

Since the marriage rate among Japan's shrinking population is falling and with many of the country's remaining lovebirds heading for Hawaii or Australia's Gold Coast, Atami had to do something. It is trying to attract single men—and their handheld devices.

In the first month of the city's promotional campaign launched July 10, more than 1,500 male fans of the Japanese dating-simulation game LovePlus+ have flocked to Atami for a romantic date with their videogame character girlfriends.

The men are real. The girls are cartoon characters on a screen. The trips are actual, can be expensive and aim to re-create the virtual weekend outing featured in the game, a product of Konami Corp. played on Nintendo Co.'s DS videogame system.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Japan
KEYWORDS: culturefailure; downfallofsociety; japan; sexualfrustration
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1 posted on 09/01/2010 3:51:50 AM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley
“It is trying to attract single men—and their handheld devices.”

Must...Not...Give...In...To...Temptation!

2 posted on 09/01/2010 4:02:04 AM PDT by BigCinBigD (Northern flags in South winds flutter...)
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To: markomalley
Lemme guess, at night you hear a lot of "Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A, yeah baby!"

Ewww...

3 posted on 09/01/2010 4:02:32 AM PDT by Jonah Hex ("Never underestimate the hungover side of the Force.")
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To: markomalley

What a bizarre society; this is probably the first human “species” we’ll see go extinct in our lifetime. We’d probably be headed for the same, except for the fact that we have infusions of millions of immigrants (legal & illegal) every year. For “European-Americans” on the coasts, the only archeological evidence will be the pet cemeteries they leave behind...


4 posted on 09/01/2010 4:03:04 AM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: markomalley
Atami had to do something.

Brilliant branding /s Good luck with that.

5 posted on 09/01/2010 4:05:29 AM PDT by mylife (Opinions $1 Halfbaked 50c)
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To: kearnyirish2

Hey, speak for yourself. I’m a “European American” and I’ve got kids.

But your point is well taken and your image of the “pet cemeteries they leave behind” is amusing.


6 posted on 09/01/2010 4:06:37 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: markomalley

I assume by now they have vending machines over there with “Rent a sexbot” at some motels.

No offense to American in Tokyo.


7 posted on 09/01/2010 4:09:11 AM PDT by Eye of Unk ("In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act" G.Orwell)
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To: markomalley

I get a weird image of a porno version of Wii.


8 posted on 09/01/2010 4:10:18 AM PDT by Eye of Unk ("In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act" G.Orwell)
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To: Eye of Unk
"I get a weird image of a porno version of Wii."

Cartoon characters at that!

9 posted on 09/01/2010 4:13:52 AM PDT by Dead Eye Lane
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To: markomalley

I believe RONCO is going to do an infomercial to introduce their Jack-O-Matic 1500 there this fall.

It will only cost 4 payments of $19.95. But wait! If you order 2, the next one is free. You only pay for the additional shipping and handling.

Attachments optional.


10 posted on 09/01/2010 4:15:57 AM PDT by DH (The government writes no bill that does not line the pockets of special interests.)
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To: markomalley

Good grief...


11 posted on 09/01/2010 4:16:27 AM PDT by The Magical Mischief Tour
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To: Jonah Hex

You win best comment of the day, already!


12 posted on 09/01/2010 4:17:03 AM PDT by thecabal (Destroy Progressivism)
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To: Eye of Unk

Since DS and Wii games can hook together, I bet you’re right.


13 posted on 09/01/2010 4:19:55 AM PDT by netmilsmom (I am inyenzi on the Religion Forum)
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To: markomalley

> At 450 yen ($5.30), the store has been selling out its daily allotment of 150 cakes—50 for each girl...

Um. Allotment??


14 posted on 09/01/2010 4:20:48 AM PDT by bill1952 (Choice is an illusion created between those with power - and those without)
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To: markomalley

I had to look the game up

http://kotaku.com/5243198/love-plus-has-your-virtual-girlfriend-experience-covered

It’s Nintendogs, with girls!!!

*facepalm*


15 posted on 09/01/2010 4:22:29 AM PDT by netmilsmom (I am inyenzi on the Religion Forum)
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To: markomalley

Every time we think that America has out-weirded the rest of the world, we get a report from Japan like this. It’s some small consolation.


16 posted on 09/01/2010 4:22:36 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: Jonah Hex

Konami code?


17 posted on 09/01/2010 4:22:51 AM PDT by glorgau
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To: samtheman
I’m a “European American” and I’ve got kids...

So do I - I've started a whole new bunch :)
Seriously, my grand kids are older than my new children.

Somebody has to stand against the extinction, planned or not, by negative genetic practices, such as homosexuality, abortion and birth control, of the great peoples of Western culture.

18 posted on 09/01/2010 4:25:04 AM PDT by bill1952 (Choice is an illusion created between those with power - and those without)
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To: Eye of Unk; markomalley

>>> I get a weird image of a porno version of Wii.

I’ve copyrighted “Wheeee!”


19 posted on 09/01/2010 4:28:38 AM PDT by tlb
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To: markomalley

Turning Japanese, I think I’m turning Japanese, I really think so. Repeat three times...


20 posted on 09/01/2010 4:29:46 AM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed, and I do not give a damn.)
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To: tlb

How about, “Wii-haa!”


21 posted on 09/01/2010 4:30:05 AM PDT by Eye of Unk ("In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act" G.Orwell)
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To: markomalley

Ths is really sort of pitiful.


22 posted on 09/01/2010 4:30:30 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, A Matter Of Fact, Not A Matter Of Opinion)
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To: All

if we ever have to go to war with the offspring, will we use erasers?


23 posted on 09/01/2010 4:32:24 AM PDT by SF_Redux
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To: mylife
Brilliant branding /s Good luck with that.

Well, I guess its better than "Virtual girlfriends! Complete with virtual herpes!"
24 posted on 09/01/2010 4:36:30 AM PDT by The_Sword_of_Groo (Counting the days until the US gets to apologize for Obama)
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To: DH

“I believe RONCO is going to do an infomercial to introduce their Jack-O-Matic 1500 there this fall.”

Fell asleep with the TV on one night and woke up at 3:00am to a home shopping type show with two women hawking dildos.


25 posted on 09/01/2010 4:40:16 AM PDT by Rebelbase (Political correctness in America today is a Rip Van Winkle acid trip.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

I think it must say something about the Japanese women.


26 posted on 09/01/2010 4:43:43 AM PDT by seemoAR
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To: DH

” It will only cost 4 payments of $19.95. But wait! If you order 2, the next one is free. You only pay for the additional shipping and handling. “

If I pay extra, can I get extra handling?


27 posted on 09/01/2010 4:44:16 AM PDT by Humble Servant
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To: tlb

Introducing the new Sony Playsuction 3.


28 posted on 09/01/2010 4:46:44 AM PDT by Hugin (Remember the first rule of gunfighting...have a gun..-- Col. Jeff Cooper)
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To: seemoAR

It does. They want to be independent and have careers and do their own thing. There’ll be plenty of time after that to get married and have kids (only of course, time runs out very quickly).


29 posted on 09/01/2010 4:56:52 AM PDT by Vanders9
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To: markomalley

All your dates are belong to us.


30 posted on 09/01/2010 5:08:09 AM PDT by FateAmenableToChange
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To: FateAmenableToChange
Only in Japan, Real Men Go to a Hotel With Virtual Girlfriends

All your dates are belong to us.

Or, all your nuts are belong to us.
31 posted on 09/01/2010 5:15:53 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: HiTech RedNeck

You dont know the half of it...Dont try to find out the other half. It gets worse.

Somehow I think we might have beat them a little too hard in WW2, and given them permanent, multi-generation, brain damage.


32 posted on 09/01/2010 5:17:29 AM PDT by VanDeKoik (Iran doesnt have a 2nd admendment. Ya see how that turned out?)
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To: markomalley

I remember going to the love hotel with my REAL girlfriend (and now wife).

Japanese men, you might want to look into doing the same.


33 posted on 09/01/2010 5:39:36 AM PDT by struggle ((The struggle continues))
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To: bill1952

“Somebody has to stand against the extinction, planned or not, by negative genetic practices, such as homosexuality, abortion and birth control, of the great peoples of Western culture.”

I’m beginning to question just how great the peoples of the Western culture really are. I say this with great regret, and yes, I am also of European descent. Sure the West gave the world Beethoven, Bach, Shakespeare, automobiles, airplanes, air conditioning, the moon landing, and so many other wonderful things (BTW Al Gore, CO2 is not a pollutant), but if we (collectively, not including smart individuals such as yourself) are not smart enough to keep the culture going (both biologically via reproduction, but also culturally), then we’re just not as smart as we’d like to think.


34 posted on 09/01/2010 5:58:40 AM PDT by Texan Tory
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To: Vanders9
I went TDY to Kadena AFB, Okinawa in 1966. I wonder how much it has changed in the past 45 years.
35 posted on 09/01/2010 6:01:38 AM PDT by seemoAR
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To: SF_Redux

36 posted on 09/01/2010 6:01:58 AM PDT by antiRepublicrat
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To: Texan Tory

I have several volumes from an author who postulated somewhere around the near mid 20th century that all cultures follow a cyclic pattern that results in their own demise.
He predicted that Western Civ would fall and events are proving that he is pretty much on the mark, but we shall see.

I’ll look up his name when I get a chance.
Quite interesting - and depressing.


37 posted on 09/01/2010 6:15:23 AM PDT by bill1952 (Choice is an illusion created between those with power - and those without)
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To: markomalley
I actually feel sorry for these poor guys. Japan was one of the last bastions against feminism but when it fell, it collapsed completely. Japanese culture does not adapt easily or quickly to major social changes. Having been long accustomed to arranged marriages many Japanese men are not equipped with the social skills-or even the desire-to woo an "independent" woman. Hence they turn to substitutes.

To be frank, I understand their plight and I sympathize with them. Unless feminism is eradicated, birthrates will continue dropping and civilization will eventually fail.

38 posted on 09/01/2010 6:25:06 AM PDT by jboot (Let Christ be true and every man a liar.)
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To: Eye of Unk

“I get a weird image of a porno version of Wii.”

Is this what Obama meant about getting “Wii Wii’d Up?”


39 posted on 09/01/2010 6:41:07 AM PDT by wilco200 (11/4/08 - The Day America Jumped the Shark)
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To: kearnyirish2

>>What a bizarre society

On that note, how many excess males does China have as a result of decades of female infanticide? 25 or 30 million?

Perhaps places like this are part of the answer to that.


40 posted on 09/01/2010 6:55:46 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (No Representation without Taxation!)
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To: bill1952
negative genetic practices

Good term.

41 posted on 09/01/2010 7:02:06 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: Eye of Unk
"I get a weird image of a porno version of Wii."

It's called the "XXX-Box".

42 posted on 09/01/2010 7:05:20 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: bill1952

Spengler, maybe? Sounds like the philosophy behind his “Decline of the West.”


43 posted on 09/01/2010 7:08:36 AM PDT by jboot (Let Christ be true and every man a liar.)
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To: kearnyirish2
For “European-Americans” on the coasts, the only archeological evidence will be the pet cemeteries they leave behind...

OMG we're becoming hyphenated...

Does this mean we get special rights and cheap pity?

44 posted on 09/01/2010 7:13:53 AM PDT by GOPJ (TIME Magazine - - a conserve-a-phobe publication.)
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To: markomalley

Japan is a very strange place. I wonder ... has it always been this strange?


45 posted on 09/01/2010 7:15:20 AM PDT by r9etb
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To: bill1952

First human institution created by God:
Marriage and family

Institution under attack by everything in this world,
especially every leftist policy you can name:
Marriage and family


46 posted on 09/01/2010 7:17:47 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: markomalley
Do you have to have 2 handheld devices if you want to do a "threesome"?

Can you rent 2 of the "sassy Rinko" apps if you want to do the threesome with "twins".

Another prurient pertinent thought...

Good thing this isn't in the USA...the gays would have this company in court for discrimination...

47 posted on 09/01/2010 7:35:43 AM PDT by moovova
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To: Joe 6-pack

It’s called the “XXX-Box;

I LOL’ed :D


48 posted on 09/01/2010 9:53:14 AM PDT by correctthought ("Communism is a temporary setback, on the road to freedom" - Liberty Prime)
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To: markomalley

Such losers.


49 posted on 09/01/2010 10:19:21 AM PDT by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: samtheman

I am too, but a lot of people my age (almost 40) have one or none...The pet thing is from the people I used to eat lunch with; it was eerie how they would talk about animals like people (complete with health insurance, birthdays, etc.).


50 posted on 09/01/2010 3:31:18 PM PDT by kearnyirish2
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