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Solo Living and Dating for Expats in Japan

Author: Jason Zhou
Submitted: June 2014

Choosing to live alone has become a significant population trend all over the world in the past few decades. It is especially common in large cities or towns in developed countries. Japan has experienced such demographic change; modern work styles and financial independence have enabled people to choose the life style they want rather than one that is necessary. One important reason for choosing to live alone is the chance to experience the feeling of freedom, independence and peace of mind.

You may not have a choice but to live alone in Japan when you first move there. If you are moving to Japan without family or friends, you will find it an easy place to live alone especially if you are living in the larger cities such as Tokyo and Osaka. These cities are very busy and full of shops, restaurants, bars and other leisure facilities. The living costs there can be very expensive, for example, a 85 square meter (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in an expensive district may cost you around JPY339,562 (about USD3,400) per month.

If you want to go shopping, you can find large varieties of goods available. For more information about shopping in Japan, you can see Shopping for Expats in Japan. If you like food, there are thousands of places from street food stalls to luxury restaurants to try. In many of the different pubs and bars you will find people from different nationalities, Japan has a large expat community which often arrange meetings and group activities. If you prefer a slightly quieter atmosphere, it is worth experiencing the tea ceremony in Japan. For further information about the tea ceremony; https://japanese-tea-ceremony.net.

As an expatriate dating in Japan can be difficult, especially if you are a female coming from western countries. Reasons vary but mainly this is attributed to the cultural differences between yourself and many Japanese men. On the other hand, western males often find it easier to date in Japan than females, this is thought to be because the cultural difference is not so distracting for Japanese women.

There are many ways to meet a potential partner in Japan, pubs and bars are the most common and well known way to meet new people. In recent years, online dating has become popular due to the convenience and being able to fit dating into a busy schedule. There are many dating websites providing services for people based in Japan. A quick search online will find you the larger dating sites, each site provides services to cater for different requirements. Many will provide suggestions based on the information you have given to find the best match for you, often matching the characteristics of two people.

Normally you need to register yourself and create a profile when using dating websites. Many require payment for using their services but some websites do offer free services, although paid dating websites are considered to be more reliable. Before submitting any personal information, it is best to fully research the website to ensure you are aware of their security measures.

With the increased popularity for dating websites, the online dating scam has become a prolific problem around the world. The most common form of internet dating scams is for the fraudster to con someone out of money by feigning interest and obtaining someone's trust before requesting money either to visit them or for help with an emergency. Always be wary if someone asks for money via these websites.

If you do find or you suspect you are scammed, you should stop contacting and paying any money to the fraudsters. You can report any suspicious activities to a nearby police station. If it is an emergency situation, call 110.



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