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August 30th, 2010 by Doug Lansky

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Girl-friend less Japanese men have found companionship on their iphones. Not via a new dating site, but a program called Love Plus that allows them to travel to different locales (yes, actually travel, not just online) to have their photo taken with Rinko, a popular Japanese school girl cartoon character.

At certain spots, they stand beside a two-dimensional barcode that uses “augmented reality” software to make them appear to be standing beside the virtual love of their virtual life.

It may sound lame. You  may wonder why they haven’t just bothered to learn Photoshop. But so far more than 2000 young men have traveled to the once romantic city of Atami for a faux photo op.

Check out the story in SMH here.

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