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Post-COVID dating: Japan app pulls romance back from cyberspace

Tapple teams with amusement park for events to help couples bond in person

A couple enjoys a water ride at Fuji-Q Highland during an event put on by Tapple. (Photo by Manami Yamada)

TOKYO -- As the coronavirus pandemic subsides in Japan, leisure spending is coming back with a vengeance as people rush to make up for lost time with dining, shopping and entertainment -- and that goes double for couples.

The transition back to normal life has created a golden opportunity for dating apps like Tapple, which is capitalizing on the reopening with real-life events for couples and singles, hoping to build on the growth it enjoyed while people stuck at home had little choice but to look for love online.

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