Question: How common is compensated dating in Japan?

official who said 13 percent of schoolgirls in Japan are engaged in enjo kosai, or compensated dating, and called for the comment to be retracted.

Japan isnt as much of a “bar” culture as most other Western countries are, however, there are a few. HUB is probably the most popular and prominent bar and is known as a hook-up place, even late into the night. It also has a higher concentration of English speakers and girls who like foreigners.

How does dating in Japan work?

In Japan, group dating — or goukon — commonly happens first. Its a way to gauge mutual interest and suitability, as well as mix with a potential partners friends. You might think that this sounds low-pressure compared with American dating customs. But theres still plenty to stress about.

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