Story By: Lee Bullen, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: AsiaWire Report
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A Japanese online service has been launched that chats up love interests on behalf of loners who are uncomfortable asking out those they take a fancy to.
Not to be confused with online dating apps such as ‘Tinder’, the new service called ‘Kokunavi’, which is reportedly a mix of ‘kokuhaku’ (confession of love), and ’navigation’, spares users the nervous embarrassment of talking to the person they fancy and does everything for them.
According to local media, ‘Kokunavi’ does not keep a database of singletons seeking a partner and there are no personality tests for building a dating profile.
Instead, users tell the programme about the person they want to go on a date with and the team of love doctors do the rest.
‘Kokunavi’ will send out a smooth invitation to the lucky man or woman and deliver any replies it receives.
However, if the identified person comes back with ‘let’s just stay friends’, there will reportedly be no refund.
The service has three available plans, according to local media.
The basic course will cost socially-awkward singletons 29,000 JPY (204 GBP) and only offers the initial declaration of love plus the delivery of any response.
If someone wants to receive advice from Kokunavi’s love experts, the Support Pack Course will provide personalised suggestions on timing, location and the exact wording of the initial message.
This package reportedly costs 59,000 JPY (415 GBP).
Meanwhile, the 149,000-JPY (1,047-GBP) Premium Course offers users four or five online conferences with dating expects that will help them plan out a course of action with the highest chance of success.
Kokunavi’s website says: “Confessing your love for someone is thought to be a simple thing, but actually doing it is not so easy. In carrying out the plan, there are many points to consider.”
An unnamed 25-year-old woman from Niigata said. “My love confession was successful, and I was really impressed with their professional techniques.”