We've always known that the people behind AKB48 do not understand the meaning of bad taste, and here's the latest demonstration. From Lolicon kiddy dancing to "hand-bras", AKB48 continues to plumb the depths of the cringe-worthy. AKB48 member Yuki Kashiwagi is filmed grating a yam to make totoro for no better reason that than it is an excuse to show incredibly gratuitous and infantile shots of her drinking what is suggested to be cum. Seriously, this is embarrassing to watch. They literally show close-ups of the idol's mouth eating the white liquid -- and yet, Yuki is forced to ...

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Hurray for good customer service. Over on Tokyo Reporter we read a interesting little summary of a tabloid article that claims Abenomics -- the Japanese prime minister's fiscal policies aimed at bringing inflation -- are having no effect on the sex industry. You can still head to a soapland and have a good time with all the foam and frolics for as little as 10,000 yen, and sometimes even lower in certain east Tokyo neighborhoods like Yoshiwara. Abenomics might have raised the Nikkei by sixty percent but actually a price war has emerged between certain establishments in notorious ...

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To celebrate the upcoming Tokyo performances of the Hatsune Miku opera "The End" we wanted to show a side to the virtual idol that likely won't be put on a stage soon... but deserves to ...

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It's not looking good for Akihabara's maid cafes as customers drift away from paying exorbitant prices for cups of coffee where there are no "extras". According to a media report, maid cafes started in Akihabara in 2001 and then you get visit on for a drink for a mere ¥500. (These days it is more like double that or more!) Based on national database figures, there were a mere 132 maid cafes in Akiba at the end of 2011. Since the peak was 282 cafes, this means 150 -- over half -- have closed. In the decade the world economy has hardly done so well and Japan in particular is ...

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It's a classic trick. Pretend to help when your motivations are much less pure. A female high school student (15) was in the part that connects two train carriages on a train in Wakayama prefecture hen a company employee from south Osaka groped her breasts. The twenty-one-year old's fantastic lead-in on the busy evening rush hour express from Osaka's Namba Station to Wakayama City was to be a good citizen. "It's dangerous. It's shaking!" he said as he grabbed her. No doubt he thought that her fear of the shaking carriage corridor would distract her from the hands now on her ...

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It sounds like the plot of an ero manga but it's true, and could it only happen in Osaka? A female teacher in Osaka working at a prefectural high school has been suspended for work for six months after it came to light that she was moonlighting as a prostitute. The twenty-nine-year-old educator responded that "there is no excuse" for what she did and resigned. Having accumulated debts of two million yen (at least two thirds of her salary, perhaps more) on credit card purchases of cosmetics and clothes, she turned to her other skills set to work off her loan. She actually did ...

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A 42-year-old man has been arrested for having sex with high school girls. The company employee would approach girls on the street, offer to pay them ¥70,000 or even as much as ¥300,000 if he could also film the exploits. After they were all finished at a hotel in Taito ward in Tokyo he would then ask them to wait on the street while he went to fetch money. Of course, that would be the last they would see of him. He has claimed to have had sex with close to 100 high school girls in this way. Likely if he had actually made good on his promise and paid the girls there ...

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Imagine you are a young Japanese girl. You are on a train. You sit down. You put on some earphones and listen to music. You close your eyes. Probably you are tired and just want some rest on the way home. You have made a fatal mistake. That's what one Japanese girl in her twenties found out on a train in Saitama on April 25th. She was rudely awakened from her semi-slumber to find that a stranger's lips were locked around hers. While her eyes had been closed, a man, Toshimitsu Ishibashi (49), had decided to kiss her. The man was from Saitama's Kasukabeshi and worked as a ...

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An online survey has found some surprising results about identification with otaku, proving that we have come so far since the days of Tsutomu Miyazaki. 137,734 people were asked, "Do you consider yourself somehow an otaku?" Yes: 42.2% No: 57.8% That's a lot of supposed otaku! Here's the breakdown per generation: Teenagers: 62.0% Twenties: 55.6% Thirties: 46.4% Forties: 44.8% Fifties: 36.7% Sixties: 26.9% Seventies: 23.1% Eighties: 23.3% Of course, these days the definition of "otaku" is wider, and can apply to soccer fanatic or just about any passionate fans of ...

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With fame and sudden popularity comes unwanted side-effects. Curvy over-thirty sexpot Mitsu Dan is not afraid of stripping off and revealing all, but she has acquired some undesirable fans among her legions of admirers. After her home was shown on a TV program, she has had men apparently hanging around in her neighborhood. Most celebrities and idols move to luxury condos when they hit the big time, but Dan (32) has continued to live in her modest apartment since her break happened almost over night and she hasn't had time to catch up with her new-found lifestyle. She ...

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The old favorites are the best. We are pleased to welcome back to the big screen actress Saki Takaoka. Now 40 years old and still a stunner, Takaoka will be performing her first nude scene in seventeen years in a new film, "Monster", to be released in Japan on April 27th. She is well known for her nude scenes in films in the Nineties and the "hair nude" photo book "one, two, three" she released in 1995 in her heyday. (Such celebrity "hair nude" photo books were really popular in the mid-Nineties.) She stopped performing major roles in recent years but of late has ...

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Another day, another celebrity lady bites the dust. Despite having split up with her boyfriend in January, popular fashion model Maki Nishiyama has announced that she is five months pregnant. After a few days of will-they-won't-they, she and her actor ex-boyfriend Taichi Saotome have not only got back together, but are getting married. Perhaps she announced the pregnancy to put pressure on him to do the honorable thing? Still, this is another case of dekikkon, proving that even famous girls are not the kind to say not to a man who doesn't like to use condoms -- and ...

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Any excuse to show some girls in skimpies. Ravijour, the Japanese equivalent of Victoria's Secret (or Peach John) for gyaru, has launched a new range of sexy lingerie. Basically we saw the photos, thought they were super hot -- and decided to blog about it just to indulge in the images! The models include Elli Rose, Liv, Mai Miyagi and Azusa Koizumi. Better than ...

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On April 7th the Kanamara Matsuri was held in Kawasaki, near to Tokyo, and one of the most popular of Japan's phallic fertility festivals. The highlight of the festival is the parade of the giant cock through the streets as it is processed between two shrines. This is stroked and touched by the crowds as it passes. This year saw the largest number of visitors ever, around 50,000 people and ten times more than the crowds were ten years ago. It is said to be now the largest festival of its kind in Japan. There were times when television channels would pixellate images of the ...

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Toshiki Hanai, a twenty-eight-year-old assistant district court judge in Osaka, has perhaps not surprisingly lost his job. When you get caught filming up a girl's skirt (panchira) on a train, you might reasonably expect there to be repercussions if you are supposed to be an upholder of the law! That's what Hanai was apparently caught doing in August 2012. Another male passenger spotted the nimble judge squatting down on the crowded commuter train during the morning rush hour, trying to get a good view with his smartphone of the heavenly world up a girl's skirt. The valiant ...

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A man has been arrested for running an online dating (deai-kei) scam that scammed 2,100 otaku out of 210 million yen over the years. Deai-kei websites are common portals in Japan, usually a ruse for informal prostitution or enjo kosai. In this case, the owner tricked members into thinking they would be able to exchange emails with their favorite AKB48 idols and even go on dates with the girls. The trial has begun of the 32-year-old man from Chiba who ran the site. He would have his part-time employees send mails to the otaku posing as celebrities and idols. After a time, these mails ...

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A nineteen-year old university student was in the college library when he got a message from his mother. "Super Sonico hug pillow has just arrived" it read. The student was obviously very ashamed claimed he wasn't sure if he should go home or rather fling himself into the nearest river. Japan's embarrassed men buying ero manga or ero geemu (erotic games) are frequently defeated by the retailer's over-enthusiasm for nice packaging, resulting in attractive boxes decorated with images of the featured otaku idol and the like, and making any attempt at secrecy ...

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Parks are not just for strolling around in. Unlike other cities, Tokyo's parks are open all night. Photographer Kohei Yoshiyuki used to visit Chuo Park in the early Seventies and search for goings-on in the dark. At the time, it was common for couples to go the park to have sex. But that alone wasn't what was interesting. The couples weren't alone. People were watching. In effect, the park was an open-air public happening bar. After spending months entrenches with the voyeurs so that they would trust him as a "regular" in Chuo, Yoyogi and Aoyama parks, Yoshiyuki then ...

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The upcoming AKB48 General Election is proving an odd event, with lots of surprising choices. Tomomi Itano, who has announced her graduation from AKB48, is nonetheless appearing in the election. Two other members who are pursuing solo projects and are very likely to graduate soon -- e.g. Haruna Kojima, Minami Takahashi -- are also taking part. On the other hand, Sayaka Akimoto has also announced her graduation from the group and that she won't be making a swan song entry in the election, depriving fans of the chance to vote for her one last time. Some other members have said they ...

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You may have heard a lot about instant messaging app LINE over the last two years. It is meant to be the most rapidly rising and exciting social service in Japan and other parts of Asia. Well, it's not just about chatting and sharing cute virtual stickers. When you have 100 million users, you can guarantee that a certain proportion of them will be horny. And when you get horny users, you get porn! Some creative users have been creating conversations where the chat bubbles only just about preserve the modesty of sexy idols. Okay, so here's the secret ...

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That's what the results of a survey would have us believe. It surveyed 3,616 men and women aged 20 to 49 around Japan on the theme of marriage and children online in early February. 30% of men in both their twenties and thirties answered that they had never had sex or been in a relationship. The numbers of people dated increases for men in their thirties compared with respondents in their twenties, but the proportion of people who with no experience of romance among the unmarried remains the same. On the other hand, girls in their twenties with no experience of a relationship is ...

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The car in front is a Toyota. Really? Yes, Toyota has proved that otaku are valuable members of its customer base by creating an itasha decorated vehicle especially for the Anime Contents Expo 2013. The itasha car is available for both the Prius and Vitz models, and has been customized with images from the Girls and Panzers anime. The cars will also be sold from a showroom in Ikebukuro. Otaku certainly have enough cash to buy AKB48 singles by the thousands -- but do they have the means to purchase a car? Toyota hopes ...

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The movie of the bizarre manga Hentai Kamen, about a hero who wears panties on his face, has released a suitably odd trailer. Apparently Hentai Kamen's groin has the potential to block phone signals, obstruct camera lens and even blaze light to punish the selfish members of the audience. It is actually a parody of the much-mocked "No More!" video that is featured before showings of movies in Japanese cinemas, warning people not to make illegal recordings of films. Hentai Kamen is released in Japan on April ...

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...if these pictures are to believed, showing a group of high school students engaged in some very well-orchestrated recreations of Dragon Ball powers. And it's not just the girls... So, if you are thinking of trying to seduce a Japanese high school girl, be ...

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There are people with smell fetishes everywhere and we are not sure if there are more in Japan -- or whether the Japanese are simply much better at integrating their fetishes into products and social structures. Either way, you can find a ton of pretty amazing smell fetish goods out there. We went shopping... Japanese Schoolgirl Armpit Smell Bottle This bottle collects the aroma of a sweaty schoolgirl's armpit especially for your pleasure. Japanese Virgin Girl Sweat Spray And if it's just perspiration you are after, try this virgin sweat spray, which is great for adding ...

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