There are certainly more medium and small businesses than I care to count. For example, take an event with 40 men and 40 women.
In terms of large nationwide businesses such as Exeo, there are only a few, with Exeo being the biggest. If the men pay ¥6,000 and the women ¥2,000, that’s ¥320,000 sales for a one and a half hour event.
Otherwise the whole process of starting a relationship is very similar to North America.
, literally “marriage hunting”, is a booming trend in Japan.
Founded in 1996, Exeo run 20,000 speed-dating events in 87 cities annually, which brought in over over 2 billion yen in revenue last year.
Today I’m very happy to present you a guest post by a great fellow Japan blogger. I’m sure you’ve heard of him, and I highly recommend reading his blog. You’ll learn what life in Japan is really like – in a funny and sometimes sarcastic way. This has had some mixed results, but at least my wardrobe looks fantastic and my cholesterol level is nice and low.There’s not a great deal of cost either, besides the venue fee.That’s why it’s such an attractive business to enter.Activities include In Japan, starting a family is a significant milestone, and a strongly integrated way of life.There is especially a lot of pressure for women to find a partner upon reaching their mid-20s, and most single women in this range is at least somewhat pre-occupied with the concern of finding a long-term partner. Here are my first hand experiences: I could go on and on, but the point to note is - I don't get any of this treatment in Canada (I wish, yo).KS: Is speed dating a popular business activity in Japan?Absolutely, simply because there is so much demand.The difficult part is getting those people to come (with the right male to female ratio), and providing a good enough event that will make them want to come back.KS: Can an individual or venue owner set up speed-dating events with no prior experience? It’s similar in some ways to wanting to set up an English school.In Japan, there has been the konkatsu boom going on for the past 10 or 15 years.This is because marriage is viewed as something of a necessity (especially by women seeking financial stability in this economic climate), and because people work so hard that they have little time to meet people of the opposite sex.