The number of users online dating sites like Match.com, OKCupid, JDate and e Harmony now attract suggests that any stigma people once felt around looking for love online has lifted.

But would you use a matchmaking site to find female friends?

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Started in 2005, Japan Cupid is part of the well-established Cupid Media network that operates over 30 reputable niche dating sites.

As one of the largest Japanese dating sites, we have thousands of Japanese women signing up everyday interested in meeting someone like you.

While lots of legit apps are on the market now, in 2015 eight executives of several popular Japanese dating websites have been arrested on similar allegations, as reported by The Daily Mail.

Nowadays, however, an increasing number of young people seem to be comfortable looking for a partner online.

Dating apps are used all over the world to meet new people, whether for a simple one-night date or for a longer term relationship.

And Japan is slowly falling in line with this trend, so don't be left behind. There seems to be a certain stigma towards dating apps here in Japan.

The took a closer look at three such sites in particular: Social Jane.com, Girl Friend Circles and Girlfriend Social.

According to its website, Girl Friend Circles is “committed to introducing awesome women and inspiring real friendships.” Girlfriend Social explicitly states that it is a website for “ladies only” who are “looking to make platonic women friendships.” The process works similarly to online dating.

Read on to discover the hottest apps on the Japanese market! American magazine Fast Company claims that if asked, almost no one will confess using them.