For foreign women it’s a completely different story.
Japanese men seem to expect certain things from a woman.
And at the same time there’s only a very tiny number of foreign (read: non-Asian) women with Japanese men next to them. Maybe that’s a secret we’ll never quite get, but there are many theories!
The term "girlfriend" is also used in LGBT communities and can refer to people of any sex or sexuality.
In 2005, a study was conducted of 115 people ages 21 to 35 who were either living with or had lived with a romantic partner.