The controversy over exploitation and coercion in the Japanese porn industry continues to rage. Following allegations, condemnations, arrests, and apologies, now comes another development. The popular AV star Saki Kouzai has come forward with the revelation that her porn debut was also coerced. In a 20-hour interview with Bunshun Shukan, she has come forward alleging both coercion and makura eigo, or the casting couch: you have to sleep with people to get ahead. She is currently suing Ryo Aoki, the head of Marks Japan who was previously arrested for a previous coercion case. Three ...

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Shoko Takasaki stunned us when she made her porn debut earlier this year as Shoko Takahashi. Though her switch to AV came because she was mired in a prostitution scandal, her release on the Muteki label was such a roaring success that is going to release a second film on September 1st. "G-cup Perfect Body Celebrity Shoko Takahashi" is being released by Moodyz as part of the AV Open 2016 series. Takasaki/Takahashi has also been busy with several hair nude (full-frontal nude) shoots, showing off her gorgeous G-cup body for all the world to see. Some of these are grainy scans, but ...

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The Japanese AV industry is under a lot of pressure right now. Just today we heard that top porn star Nozomi Aso has been arrested on drug charges. Then there have been all the reports and criticisms about alleged coercion and exploitation in the industry, which even led to the arrest of porn industry staff and an official industry apology last month. Now the arrests have led to new charges. This time, the president of production company CA, Yoshihide Murayama, is one of 52 people -- 9 actresses 24 male performers, plus crew -- accused of indecent exposure during a shoot a camping ...

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One of the year's biggest stories continues to get bigger. Exploitation and coercion in the Japanese AV industry has been condemned for trafficking. It has sparked a public debate about labor rights for porn performers, or the lack thereof. The issue of coercing women to appear in porn has even led to arrests. In days past, such people in the porn industry were presumably protected by the Yakuza but the ongoing civil war may have shaken up the system. Amid intense media attention, now an AV industry association has issued a formal apology and promised reform. The Intellectual ...

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A company president of a Japanese AV talent agency has been arrested for allegedly forcing a woman to appear in pornography. It was learnt on June 11th that Marks Japan was raided by cops and three of its employees arrested. Police also raided other related businesses, including two production companies. The allegations stem from a woman who signed up to Marks Japan's roster of talent as a gravure idol in 2009, but was then sent to a porn shoot in September 2013 despite knowing she did not want to appear. Marks Japan's talent includes everyone from relatively innocuous things like ...

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Porn workers of the world, unite! Do Japan’s porn actresses and actors have labor rights? This was the question asked in a recent feature in the Japan Times. Ostensibly a report on a May 4th talk at a Koenji cafe, it was about the AV industry's response to Human Rights Now (HRN), which had issued a damning report about the local AV industry. The international NGO, which is based in Tokyo and has U.N. special consultative status, reported the results of an in-depth investigation into the pornography business in Japan. The report concluded that the industry had violated the human ...

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This is a growing trend: Japanese women's past dabbling in porn unexpectedly exposed, jeopardizing their new-found careers. Already this year we have seen voice actress Emi Niita's previous AV moonlighting come to light, while we recently blogged about a TV presenter who lost her job due to a porn appearance. It's certainly much easier today to search and find images of obscure and even anonymous porn stars, though the sheer volume of porn produced in Japan annually also makes this no mean feat. If you appeared in something, the chances are someone has put the DVD online and your past ...

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In 2015, Nippon Television landed in hot water when it rescinded a job offer for a college graduate after it found out she had experience as a Ginza hostess. Rina Sasazaki took the broadcaster to court and won a settlement as well as her original job offer back again. Here's a similar cautionary tale. Kayo Matsumoto is a freelance TV presenter (called "announcers" in Japan). She was forced to leave TV Aichi in September 2014 after her dabbling in porn was exposed. As we know, the AV industry is absolutely huge and every year an army of women debut in porn. Most have short careers ...

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Something that shocks some visitors to Japan is the volume of porn, soft-core porn or other adult magazines lining the shelves of convenience stores. It is placed in a certain section marked as "adult" but not on a top shelf like in other countries. And the covers make it very clear what is inside, awaiting the horny reader. There has been talk about "cleaning this up" as we get closer to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, but no concrete developments. Until now. In what may be the first salvo against the freedom for pornographers to push their wares in open, a local mayor has taken the ...

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Did voice actress and singer Emi Niita appear in a Japanese porn film in 2008? The 30-year-old cutie is best known for voicing Honoka Kosaka in Love Live! She also appeared in last year's Kohaku Uta Gassen. But before she was famous she may have appeared in an AV from the series "Amateur Illustrated Encyclopedia". At least, that's what's being alleged by a tabloid and is currently causing explosions online. We can't confirm the story. Her agency has denied it and threatened to sue. Fans are parsing the women in the film (which has jumped up the DMM adult rankings because of the ...

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The BBC occasionally likes to weigh in on adult Japan matters, not always with success. It recently profiled Keiko Takemiya, "the godmother of manga sex in Japan". This time they go the extra mile and get some reasonable background and interviews, but some of their assertions are off -- not least the headline. Takemiya was just 26 when she started Kaze to Kino Uta (The Poem of Wind and Trees). It opens with two naked teenage boys in a 19th-century French boarding school lying on top of each other, post-coital. The series centres on one of those boys and another new boy. ...

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Be warned. Be careful what you have in your drawer or on your phone, hard drive or cloud. While the government was pressured by mangaka and animators to exclude comic book and drawn images from the new pornography laws passed in 2014, it seems the courts do not agree. The Tokyo District Court has found an artist "guilty of violating the child pornography law by creating and selling realistic computer graphic images of a naked girl," reports the Asahi Shimbun. The court on March 15 sentenced Akashi Takahashi, a 55-year-old computer graphic designer from Gifu city, to a one-year ...

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An AFP article doing the rounds on sites like Japan Today and Mail Online has some bad things to say about Japanese porn. The headline blasts: "Japan's porn industry preys on young women, say rights advocates". Well, not an unfamiliar topic, we hear you say. Japanese women are being exploited and abused in Japan’s multi-billion dollar pornographic film industry, rights advocates said on Thursday, calling on authorities to strengthen laws to protect them. Pornography is widely available in Japan, where some actresses become well known enough to appear on mainstream TV chat ...

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Back in the spring we blogged about the awesome Ryoujoku Stockings. There is a whole subgenre of "shame" porn in Japan, many of which revolve around settings where a woman is held captive as a "public toilet" facility. Tied up, she is treated like a public latrine for a series of men to come along and dump their loads onto and into her body. Koshu benjo -- or "public lavatory" -- is a slang Japanese word used to insult a woman. (Sometimes also called a niku benki, or meat/flesh toilet.) The women's bodies are also "decorated" in writing, especially on their legs, saying they are ...

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Maro (Maroka Uchiyama) was one of Ayumi Hamasaki's dancers. He and Hamasaki started dating while she was on the rebound from divorcing her husband Manuel Schwarz in 2012. However, the fling lasted only until 2013, since when Maro became famous for being famous -- and sometimes appeared on TV talk shows to spill the beans on the breakup. Clearly his career is going in another direction now since Maro has just made his porn debut. Here are some highlights. Japan is the world's biggest producer of porn, though it suffers from a ...

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da fuck, a project by French musician Marc Durand, has created an album featuring only sounds taken from the porn catalogue of AV star Mihane Yuuki (aka Mihane Yuki). Literally "not one external sound" was used for the album 美羽ゆうきに、僕のすべての愛敬。 (All my love for Mihane Yuuki.). Actually, it's not what you think. If you're expecting just screaming girls and squirting sounds, think again. It's much more, well, melodic and interesting than that. It's actually quite thought-provoking to listen to, since you try to imagine what the original context was for ...

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After the recent court ruling against the underage idol who "broke" her contract and had a relationship, and the ruling in favor of the hostess who had a long-running affair with a client, there have been some interesting legal developments in Japan of late. Now a woman who refused to take part in a porn shoot and was sued for ¥24 million (over $200,000) for breach of contract by the production company has won her case. The court in Tokyo ruled that the "nature of the work is one that you cannot force someone to do it against their will". The judge threw out the production ...

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Nippon.com, normally a fairly austere and academic online publication, has published an article by sociologist Suzumi Suzuki, in which she discusses her fieldwork about AV and role-play in the porn world. Suzuki starts out with a very positive view of her subject matter: AV actresses are surprisingly articulate when asked to talk about themselves. In the videos by which they make a living, as well as in magazines and other media, they calmly field personal questions of all kinds and narrate their personal stories smoothly and eloquently. To a large extent, this is a skill they ...

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"Ultraman porn" is a thing in Japan. Women dressed up as Ultraman-like characters (especially the Mother of Ultraman) in tight costumes and being screwed by men and other "creatures" is not just a nostalgic fantasy, it is an outright erotic fetish in its own right. Porn label GIGA likes these pastiche superhero/superheroine porn and they seem to be responsible for the unofficial Mother of Ultra porn (there may be others around). The "Giant Heroine" (Kyodai Heroine) franchise started way back in 2008 with a film starrting Nana Saeki. The most recent was in July 2015, starring Miho ...

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Following the previous report on the March porn shoot at an abandoned rural school, KAI-YOU has published a second behind-the-scenes photo report. As far as we can tell (the article is written in the usual ambiguous way that certain Japanese publications like to use), this seems to be the same film ("100 People x Nakadashi") by the label Honnaka. We're not sure why there has been a second article, other than it seems to be a promo for the film as part of AV Open 2015. At any rate, this was "round two" shot on another day, featuring new "rules" in the games. The film starred 7 ...

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Dotsui Tarunen is a cult music band and their reputation just got even more cultish. What other actual music group would allow two porn stars to fuck right there in the mosh pit during their live act? That's what Dotsui Tarunen Live Music Sex Concert with Natsuki Yokoyama entails. A sort of gonzo-style guerrilla documentary porno, it pairs Yokoyama with veteran (and temporarily disgraced) male performer Ryo Sawai. As the sweaty music fans enjoy the music, Sawai and Yokoyama get down and dirty on the floor. Needless to say, the music event was only open to ...

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We already know that the subway in Taiwan can get pretty moe and kinky. But did you know it also gets pornographic? The Taipei subway will release metro cards on September 1st featuring the Japanese porn actress Yui Hatano. There had been an outcry to the promo and at one point the subway operators in the Taiwanese capital said the cards would be withdrawn. But then clearly Yui's Taiwanese fans decided to stick to their guns. The mayor of Taipei has criticized the scheme, though some of the money raised is expected to go to charity. Hatano, a 2014 Japan Adult Award ...

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There's weird, and then there's weird. This fetish Japanese AV title is very much the latter. Here is "Miira Onna" -- "Mummy Girl"! This 97-minute AV stars Tsukasa Kanzaki and may well be one of the most unusual porn titles we've seen for at least a year. Kanzaki plays a girl who finds a slender mummy buried in the ground. And the embalmed beauty is still alive! Soon the mummy is found by some men, who put it to good use sucking them off and then being pleasured by massager vibrators. This AV is clearly going somewhere where people don't ...

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Following earlier police attention over uploading live porn, the web porn portal FC2 has been targeted again by the authorities. Police have charged a 42-year-old male company employee living in Yamanashi Prefecture. His crime? Uploading adult videos by S1 and Moodyz to FC2. This is the first such case in Japan of someone being charged (without arrest) for breaching copyright laws for adult materials in this way. In the past, people were first arrested on other charges, such as "assisting public indecency" or "displaying electronic recording media". The man used multiple ...

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You've seen "Ted". Maybe you've even seen "Ted 2" (out now, though not in Japan). Prepare to see a very unlikely and very unofficial spin-off... "Teddy Bear Saliva Tongue Cuddly Toy Sex" is a 100-minute Japanese adult video starring Hikari Matsushita and Arisu Hayase as two of three ladies who literally get fucked by a teddy bear. It's produced by fetish studio Rocket. The actual original Japanese title translates into something like: "The world where suddenly one day a cuddly toy attacks beautiful young girls: Cuddly toy rape". That should give you a taste of what to ...

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