love and relationships

Charismatic or creepy? Phrases women are likely to interpret different ways based on looks

Japanese netizens point out what they see as a huge double standard when it comes to how women react to certain comments and come-ons made by hotties or geeks.

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She’s cute, but… Three types of girls to watch out for when dating in Japan【Video】

Here are three dating deal breakers in Japan that you shouldn’t ignore, even if you’d give her appearance a perfect 10.

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Japanese communications company to introduce AI love advice specialist

Who says experiencing real love is a perquisite for answering all of love’s tough questions?
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Condom Day! And other oddly kinky anniversaries in May

You may have been aware that this week was, and technically still is, Golden Week here in Japan, but did you know that it’s Condom Day today?

And the frisky business doesn’t end there. It may be pure coincidence, but there are various anniversaries in May that happen to be related to love relationships in one way or another, although some of these special days appear to be slightly odd – apparently you could risk losing your life if you had sex on one of these days! Read on to find out when!

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Five ways to trap your boyfriend into revealing that he’s cheating on you, and why they are dumb

There’s a list of the “five best ways to check if your man is cheating on you” that resurfaces every now and again on Japanese matome and magazine sites. If you’re harbouring doubts about your man’s fidelity, you’re supposed to watch how he responds when you try out one of these five awesome tricks (spoiler alert: like many things in life, they’re not that awesome).

After we’d gotten over our disappointment that none of the suggestions involve hidden cameras or going out undercover in a big coat and fake nose, we started to wonder where these ideas had come from. We did a bit of digging, and it turns out this “top five” first appeared a few years ago on the Japanese variety TV show Honma Dekka!?, in a segment with marketing expert Megumi Ushikubo and clinical psychologist Rie Ueki.

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Going thin on top? Here are five prefectures you may not want to live in (and five you might!)

As someone whose locks started thinning when he was about 27 years old, I know how much of a shock it can be to learn that your body has seemingly decided to begin the follicle-retiring process without consulting you first. As nice as it would be to have a thick, flowing mane, though, the fact that pretty much every man on on my mother’s side of the family eventually lost their hair tells me that there’s not much point stressing about it – it’s going to happen, so why lose sleep as well as top turf?

For some, though, going bald can be pretty upsetting. If they’re on the lookout for a partner especially, thinning hair can certainly dent a man’s confidence. And, according to a recent survey, balding men may well be right in thinking that their lack of hair is affecting their chances of finding, or perhaps keeping, a good woman.

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