I've used the site off and on for years, only with a paid subscription for very shirt periods of time... And during those times, I noticed a few patterns that still seem a bit fishy to me: I would recieve quite a lot of Interest and a fair amount of messages from women, usuall more Chinese than Japanese, but the conversations always seemed to evaporate rather quickly, and on multiple occasions they would stop responding until just shortly after my paid subscription expired, and then suddenly I would recieve a new message and this have to renew my subscription to read it. The longest interaction I had was with a Filipino woman living in Australia, she seemed pretty authentic and very highly intelligent, but always gave rather short replies... On one or two occasions her profile disappeared completely, and she later explained that some guy was getting really creepy and aggressive towards her. She seemed to want me to respond to her, but she set her profile to not allow communications from male members, effectively keeping me blocked until just after my paid subscription ran out, THEN she changed her settings and sent another message, this time wanting to Skype. I didn't bother, since she claimed she already had a biyfriend and was here to meet friends. Seriously, you're going to pay money for conversations with strangers that lead nowhere? Not me. Most of the other members I've contacted myself didn't speak enough English to have a meaningful conversation, so I think I'm pretty much done with it. That's my experience.
Japanese women... That's about the only good thing I can think of, but I actually have no assurance that they're even real.
Too expensive, and some interactions seem like bait set out just to keep you pouring money into a subscription.
Noah does NOT recommend JapanCupid.com to friends/family