Once the best candidates are selected, which is often based primarily on occupation and education level, there is then a further level of investigation done by either the Now that you've met someone, what happens next?
In Japan, being courteous is priority number one, whether or not you enjoyed yourself at a first date/meeting or not.
This is the accepted way to do it; in fact, it is primarily the exception for someone to flat out deny or reject someone unless it's absolutely necessary to do so, as they would rather just...disappear, and try to avoid conflicts and confrontations whenever possible.
Typically, if a meeting is desired, either party will send another message within a week or so, otherwise, it is assumed that they wish to go their separate ways.After some initial communicating and socially encouraging games amongst the each other, the same sexes get together and discuss who is interested in who, and hopefully phone numbers and/or e-mails are exchanged.(Side note: E-mailing is still somewhat popular in Japan even with the enormous popularity of cell phones).Men essentially pay up to dollars an hour to sit in a special booth and await the calls of women seeking men from anywhere (the phone numbers are on things given out on the street around town often times).Some forms of meeting people to date take on a more time-tested cultural approach (though not as popular as it has been in the past) called , where the parents of a son or daughter will undergo a search process to find an appropriate mate if they seem to show little interest in seeking a partner of their own, helping to ensure they marry before acceptable window of marriageable age closes (22-30).Although these are perhaps some of the more general ways to meet someone, things are far from as cut and dry as such.When it comes to beginning a relationship in Japan, the level of shyness seems to be significantly magnified, possibly due to the lack of developing communication or flirtation skills with the opposite sex during adolescence.There are numerous places people may go to meet or talk to new members of the opposite sex.Some of the more common places are known as dating cafes or dato clubs.Usually from here, introduction to parents will follow, usually if marriage has already been seriously considered.In the case of Omiai, there is very little focus on actual dating.