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News alart! A robot girlfriends on sale from SEGA

Posted on: March 7, 2009

Ugggh, as if it’s not already difficult to find a partner in Tokyo Meet Market, now stores are selling robot girlfriends, which means more competitors for women in the Tokyo Meet Market.

Ladies! the enemy’s name is E.M.A.

E.M.A (エマ) stands for Eternal, Maiden, Actualization and is 38 centimeters tall, has a curvaceous body, sings and dances and using infrared sensors the robot  will kiss nearby otaku when it goes into “Love Mode”. The female shaped humanoid robot was unveiled at the International Tokyo Toy Show June ’08 and is now on sale from SEGA from September ’08 for the price of 19,000JPY (about $190)

Here is more information on EMA:

TOKYO (Reuters) – She is big-busted, petite, very friendly, and she runs on batteries.A Japanese firm has produced a 38 cm (15 inch) tall robotic girlfriend that kisses on command, to go on sale in September with a target market of lonely adult men.  Using her infrared sensors and battery power, the diminutive damsel named “EMA” puckers up for nearby human heads, entering what designers call its “love mode”.  “Strong, tough and battle-ready are some of the words often associated with robots, but we wanted to break that stereotype and provide a robot that’s sweet and interactive,” said Minako Sakanoue, a spokeswoman for the maker, Sega Toys.”  She’s very lovable and though she’s not a human, she can act like a real girlfriend.”  EMA, which stands for Eternal Maiden Actualization, can also hand out business cards, sing and dance, with Sega hoping to sell 10,000 in the first year.  Japan, home to almost half the world’s 800,000 industrial robots, envisions a $10-billion market for artificial intelligence in a decade.  (Reporting by Chika Osaka; writing by Rodney Joyce, editing by Miral Fahmy)

I wonder when they will make KEN or something like that so the lonely women can come home to “lovable boyfriend.” In fact, one of the most popular TV show from 2008 was about a robotic boyfriend called Zettai Kareshi “absolute boyfriend” which is a bout a girl accidentally orders a super expensive robotic boyfriend who finally accepts her and love her for who she is, after she’s been rejected by so many guys…

You see how lonely and hard it is to be out in the Tokyo Meet Market. People would actually compromise with a robotic boyfriend/girlfriend to ease their pain and loneliness…

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and she's already kissing him! lol poor bastard!

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From the Western perspective, what goes on in the Japanese dating scene is really different and interesting! In this shy nation of Japan, meeting new people is almost institutionalized, dating and romance is littered with conventions that protect people from social awkwardness. What are dating conventions and rules in Japan? How do the shy Japanese people meet new people, develop affection, and express their passion? As I research and answer these question, I will write a real time report of what's going on in the Tokyo dating scene, or the "Tokyo Meet Market" here in this blog. I hope you enjoy my blog and a trip around Tokyo Meet Market with me!

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