I know what you're thinking; no, the Japanese don't have any part in this one, folks. This little number is the brainchild of one Matthew Homann, who created the 'Invisible Girlfriend' app to help users get out of awkward family discussion on the who, what, when and where of their love life.
Your 'Invisible Girlfriend' will prove your meddlesome, skeptical family wrong by sending you automated voicemails, notes, phone calls and even a Facebook relationship status request change - all for a price of course.
So while not trying to simulate an actual relationship - because that'd be crazy - Invisible Girlfriend offers three settings depending on how big of a lie you told your mother, ranging from 'Just Talking' and 'Getting Serious' to the ultimate in rom-com shenanigans, 'Almost Engaged'.
Or, just talk to a woman.
Check out www.invisiblegirlfriend.com.