“Four women aged 68 to 74 have been indicted on charges of defrauding single men or their parents by offering to set the men up in marriage. The four are suspected of defrauding 20 people of several hundred thousand dollars. The victims were aged between 51 and 87. Eighteen of them were mothers of unmarried men, police said. The four suspects offered to act as matchmakers for a fee. In only five cases, they produced prospective mates. They told police they spent the money on debt repayment, horse racing and living expenses.”
This is truly disgusting, partly because it took place in my prefecture, and partly because I fear that I may become the victim of such fraudsters if Sonbeam doesn’t find a suitable bride in a few years (don’t worry! I’m only joking … for the time being. We mothers all joke about stuff like that when they are still in their twenties. It won’t be so funny when he hits 35 with no serious prospects in sight. Having an unmarried adult child on your hands is a source of great embarrassment here, especially in rural areas but even in the cities, particularly when it’s an eldest son. It’s no laughing matter). It’s common for Japanese people to use matchmaking services when searching for prospective partners, and it’s also common for mothers to go bride-hunting on behalf of their sons; they tend to be desperate and extremely gullible.
I sense a business opportunity.