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A tap of a finger on a smartphone can destroy someone’s life

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From the 1980s through the 1990s, a serial TV show titled "Neruton Benikujira-dan" aired in Japan.

Now that I think about it, this was probably the starting point for Japan's soap-opera style reality TV shows.

It focused on young men and women who engaged in group dating and sometimes ended up as couples.

I was a university student when I was invited to join the cast.

The viewing audience laughed at us, and probably ridiculed us, too. But none of their reactions reached our ears. It was well before the era of the internet and social media, and some good-natured razzing was all I got from my........

© The Asahi Shimbun