Paid dating japan

Cigarette smoke hangs thick in the air of a Tokyo nightspot as Aki Nitta sips champagne with a trio of sweet-talking Lotharios peddling fake love at premium rates.

In a country which has lost its mojo, many wealthy Japanese women spend eye-watering sums on male hosts in return for an evening of sweet talk, flirting -- and often sex.

At a recent "konkatsu," or "marriage-hunting," event, nearly 80 single men and women buzzed around the room trying to gather as many answers as possible to a list of icebreaker questions like "What is your favorite food?

" Then came speed dating in small groups so they could get to know each other better.

The programs come in response to the country’s population woes.

Due primarily to younger generations losing interest in getting married and starting families, the population has actually shrunk by more than 1 million since 2010.

Single people show up to go on quick dates one after another.

When they’re done, they follow up with people they find most compatible.

If the conversation gets too awkward, a “marriage-promotion committee” will step in to smooth things alone.

"I'm paying for time, rather than men," explained Nitta.

"Time is more important to me so I want to live for now, without any regrets." Many women -- ranging from 20-somethings to those in their sixties -- lavish expensive gifts on their favorite hosts, buying them diamond watches, luxury cars, even apartments.

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