[P2P-F] Fwd: BBC Article : virtual girlfriends ? ( Japanese games )

Michel Bauwens michel at p2pfoundation.net
Fri Oct 25 12:47:29 CEST 2013

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From: Dante-Gabryell Monson <dante.monson at gmail.com>
Date: Fri, Oct 25, 2013 at 12:37 PM
Subject: BBC Article : virtual girlfriends ? ( Japanese games )


*This girlfriend is actually a Nintendo computer game called Love Plus,
which comes as a small portable tablet. *

Nurikan and Yuge take their girlfriends, Rinko and Ne-ne, on actual dates
to the park, and buy them cakes to celebrate their birthdays.

Nurikan says he keeps Rinko a secret from his wife, and hopes he never has
to choose between them.


They are a generation of geeks who have grown up through 20 years of
economic stagnation and have chosen to tune out and immerse themselves in
their own fantasy worlds.

 It seems they no longer have the ambition of the post-war alpha males who
made Japan such an economic powerhouse and no interest in joining a company
and becoming a salary man.

They have taken on a mole-like existence and, worryingly, withdrawn from
relationships with the opposite sex.

A survey by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare in 2010 found 36% of
Japanese males aged 16 to 19 had no interest in sex - a figure that had
doubled in the space of two years.

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