Lockdowns make the heart grow fonder in Japan as online matchmaking surges

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Washington Post– “Online matchmaking in Japan has become a rare upbeat counterpoint to the economic slowdowns, shutdowns, and restrictions during the COVID-19 crisis.”
“Matchmaking agencies say the video encounters have proved to be a hit, removing the pressures of arranged face-to-face sessions in a society that often discourages being bold and open in first meetings.”
“Without the online setting, we never would have met,” said Kazunori Nakanishi, a 31-year-old hotel employee from the eastern city of Kumamoto.

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