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Japanese company will ask your crush out on a date for you if you’re too shy to do it yourself

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By Casey Baseel, SoraNews24

A few months ago we took a look at Exit, a company in Japan that offers the unique service of telling your boss that you want to quit your job for you, saving you the trouble of turning in your resignation yourself. Kokunavi is another proxy service company, but its field of operations is a very different one.

Kokunavi’s name is a mashup of kokuhaku, meaning “confession of love,” and “navigation.” Instead of helping clients avoid the awkward tension of ending a professional relationship, Kokunavi is all about sparing them from the nervous embarrassment of trying to start a romantic one.

Kokunavi isn’t a matchmaking service, though. It doesn’t keep any databases of singles seeking companionship, and you don’t have to take any personality tests to build a dating profile. Instead, you tell Kokunavi about the person you want to ask to be your boyfriend or girlfriend, and they’ll deliver the message for you, as well as the response it gets.

And no, there’s no refund if she says “Let’s just be friends.”

Kokunavi offers three different plans, with the mot basic, the Simple Course, costing 29,000 yen. True to its name, the Simple Course only covers conveying the kokuhaku and its response, but those with deep pockets to go along for their deep feelings can upgrade to the Support Pack Course, which for 59,000 yen includes advice from Kokunavi’s kokuhaku experts on picking the time, location, and exact wording of your confession of love, as decided on in two or three meetings between you and the company’s staff. Finally, the top-of-the-line Premium Course, at 149,000 yen is a lengthy process on four or five conferences, and includes data analysis of Kokunavi’s past kokuhaku projects to help determine the method that gives you the highest probability of success. “As long as you know who you want to confess our love to,” the company boasts of the Premium Course, “we can help you plan everything else.”

Kokunavi realizes that some people might question the need for their services’ existence. “Confessing your love for someone is thought to be a simple thing,” explains the company’s website, “but actually doing it is not so easy. In carrying out the plan, there are many points to consider.”

Of course, some might worry that the object of your affection might fall in love with the person who delivers your finely crafted kokuhaku, cutting you out of the picture entirely. However, the company employs both male and female messengers, which should help alleviate such risks.

While the service might seem tailor-made for shy men, Kokunavi’s customer testimonials also include satisfied female customers. “I’m really glad I went to Kokunavi for help,” says a 25-year-old woman from Niigata. “My love confession was successful, and I was really impressed at their professional techniques.” Kokunavi is also keen to assure potential clients that there’s nothing to be ashamed of in relying on their service, and asks people to think of it like having a friend deliver a love letter to your crush in high school, just at a later stage in life.

Source: Kokunavi

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Will Kokunavi ask that girl in the photo out on a date for us? She cute!

I just asked her out on your behalf; unfortunately she declined. That will be Y29000 please.

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Well, since TIJ, the logical next step will be for the government to regulate this by having a national exam to certify professional kokuhaku specialists.

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@Mocheake Good grief, man, it's one thing to be shy, but now you're talking being totally cuckolded, lol.

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Good idea because fools and their money are soon parted. In this country, anything that aids someone into becoming more of a geek, introvert or social misfit is a hot commodity. Next up: you pay them to send someone on a date with the object of your obsession for you because you are too shy.

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@Luddite Ask timeon, lol.

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Who would be willing to out with a person who hired a company to ask you for a date on their behalf? I'd laugh in their face.

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149,000 yen, really? are you serious? some people have to much money.

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Will Kokunavi ask that girl in the photo out on a date for us? She cute!

That taxi driver who got in trouble for repeatedly ringing Momoko Kikuchi's intercom should have used Kokunavi.

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Good idea. Go with what works. Love is war, use any means necessary.

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That pricing is just nuts! I think I'll undercut them by doing it for the price of a beer. "Hey, Sayaka, Taro over here thinks you're the greatest. What do you think about him? He's perfect for you! Whadda ya say?"

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@timeon you got a really solid point there xD

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Well, this may just work. Company guy goes to girl and says: you see, there is this idiot who just paid me 149,000 yen to talk to you, marry him asap and you will have a docile atm at your disposition for the rest of your life to enjoy afternoon tea with your girlfriends, yoga classes, and the Eikaiwa gaijin lover

4 ( +7 / -3 )

Oh for the love of god. Is there a service that coaches you what to say over that first date too? Awkward.

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...and she'll say, "Who?"...

4 ( +5 / -1 )

sounds like a serious waste of money and an amplified form of embarrassment...if a certain girl doesn't wanna go out w me that won't change, not even if the emperor himself comes to ask her to date me lol

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Seriously only in japan. Zero social skills

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This has got to be the stupidest thing I can imagine. What's the point, to avoid the loss of face or whatever? Considering how it will tell you who is confessing to you I'd imagine it would make things even more awkward between the two no matter what the result becomes

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This will tolerate some people to become introvert and will continue to rely or depend on a third party to express themselves. I think that this is not a healthy practice when it comes to social interaction. I am a woman and I was able to tell my crush my feelings although we ended up being friends only. I am very much happy that we had atleast shared some friendly moments and that I was able to be honest and brave.

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Really now!? What kind of people are we breeding into society??? Please raise your kids to speak for themselves!!!

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