"Starting today, you live here now, with me," he snarls. "I expect you to keep me entertained." Wait, isn't that his job?
A real young man on the streets of Akihabara, a district of Tokyo known for its anime and manga culture, is impressed by a demo of the game but declares, cringing, "Getting hit on by a man—it was pretty embarrassing."
Simple companionship isn't Takechi's only vision. His virtual world of husband and dutiful wife, he says, "could develop into love, if we keep investigating further."
One inventor who build a virtual-reality platform said he aims to create a virtual partner who brings greater satisfaction to Japanese men and women than a human companion would. That's bad news for the Japanese economy, which, thanks to the looming demographic crunch as the population rapidly ages, will need to increasingly rely on the Bank of Japan's "stimulus" to avoid a deflationary spiral.