The Japanese porn industry is in trouble.  While we might spend much of our time on this blog singing its praises, the truth is this has been a bad year, full of accusations of coercion and trafficking of female performers. We always knew it went on, especially towards the bottom end of the industry. Needless to say, the links between organized crime in Japan and other sections of society, such as big business, politics and mainstream entertainment, are well documented, and the idol and porn scenes are similarly connected. These are social problems, though. What about financial ...

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At the Japan Adult Expo 2016 on November 10th-11th, around 4,000 people attended, including many Japanese AV fans from other parts of Asia. Held for the third time, the event features 200 AV makers and studios, and offers a great opportunity for fans to get close to their adult idols. At the booth for Aroma Kikaku, which specializes in fetishes, Hibiki Otsuki was there to welcome fans. KMP had the likes of Ayaka Tomoda and friends were on hand to pose for pictures. Echoing the biggest adult trend of the year, Total Media Agency (TMA) -- despite the name, it's ...

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Just when you think Japanese AV cannot get any weirder. Just when you think they've come up with all the outlandish scenarios imaginable. Along comes another one to set your mind blazing at the crazy erotic possibilities. The folks behind this concept deserve some sort of award, because this is awesome. We all liked to play on jungle gyms when we were kids. But what about a vibrator jungle gym? As the name suggests, this is a jungle gym constructed entirely out of massager wand-style vibrators (called a denma in Japan) -- 250 of them, to be precise. That's a lot of ...

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The photographer Sakiko Nomura has a new exhibition at Ba-Tsu Art Gallery in Harajuku showcasing the beauty of Japanese AV actors. During the 1990s, Sakiko Nomura trained with Nobuyoshi Araki, who knows a thing or two about erotic photography. As we know, male porn performers are in short supply in Japan and so deserve our admiration for doing what must be a tough job. Yeah, having sex with hundreds of hot women a month for money. We really sympathize. But seriously, the photography looks great. There's certainly a homoerotic overtone. And it gets even more fun when we consider ...

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This year, in addition to crazy numbers of people in cosplay on the streets, Shibuya also hosted trash cans that spoke to you in porn stars' voices when you filled them up with your garbage. And that wasn't the only porn-themed attraction in Shibuya over the Halloween weekend. Regular viewers of Japanese AV will be familiar with the "magic mirror truck" series that features a vehicle installed with a one-way glass wall. It travels around the city, looking out at unsuspecting citizens on the streets while all manner of sexual antics take place inside. Porn industry giant Soft on ...

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The feel-good story of the year has turned out to have an unhappy ending, folks. We made no secret of our joy when an advertising display screen in Indonesia was "porn-jacked" so that it started streaming Japanese pornography. The incident happened on September 30th in Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta, during the rush hour on a 24-square-meter (260-square-foot) LED billboard. The porn was broadcast on a web browser for five minutes before the police cut the power to the screen. However, this was enough time for it to be filmed by many motorists. It soon started spreading on social media ...

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The latest big porn debut is another lady who is switching from mainstream entertain to AV. The actress and model Anri Sakaguchi released "What a day!!" on the Muteki label this month, which specializes in crossover debuts. Sakaguchi is the daughter of the late actress Ryoko Sakaguchi and golfer Tateo Ozaki. The 25-year-old apparently has large debts and has been forced to turn to porn to make ends meet. The first pictures from Sakaguchi's release have now emerged, showing her nipples and tits that are on the modest yet pointy side. It has been reported that her fee is ...

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Picture the scene. You're driving down the highway and suddenly you look up at the advertising billboard overlooking the road. Rather than the usual commercial for that drink or car you'll never buy, it's playing porn. Japanese porn. This is what greeted drivers passing through Jakarta, Indonesia, last month. On the large advertising screen, in place of an actual commercial or video, someone's browser was displaying -- which just so happened to be showing a clip from a Japanese AV. Fortunately for the morals of the city (and unfortunately for the horny drivers), what was ...

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Want to see what Kanna Hashimoto is like in bed? The sweeter-than-sweet is unlikely to be making her actual porn debut any time soon (though many of her music idol peers do have a habit of "graduating" into adult careers, so it's not completely off the books), but the next best thing is this Kanna Hashimoto lookalike porno. Kanna, if you recall, burst into the mainstream in 2013 after capturing the hearts of Japan's netizens. Since then she has become a major force in the music idol industry and fronts big advertising campaigns. This porn title stars Kaname Otori, who was born in ...

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Adult retail giant DMM.com announced on September 7th that it would no longer sell content in which performers are under 18 years of age. This will apply to "image video" DVDs and so on featuring idols and tarento. DMM also said that since July 25th it had stopped selling adult content that had not been screened by industry bodies like the euphemistically named Intellectual Property Promotion Association (IPPA). Moreover, it said that it had never sold any pornography involving performers under the age of 18. DMM also said that the non-adult DVDs featuring performers under the age of ...

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Shoko Takahashi (aka Shoko Takasaki) has been making an impression with her new AV release, her first on the Moodyz label after her spectacular debut for Muteki earlier this year. The beach-set "G-cup Perfect Body Celebrity Shoko Takahashi" was released on September 1st and makes ample use of the star's signature bust -- and her radiant smile. After all, no bikini is big enough to keep those breasts under wraps for long. It's a whopping 165 minutes long, so expect plenty of gratuitous swimwear shots and more. Moodyz are really capitalizing on ...

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Former SKE48 Momona Kito has cemented her porn career as Yua Mikami with a newcomer award and bestselling releases. In her latest adult title, she puts her curvy body to the test with a bondage-inspired porno that will have her fans licking their lips in anticipation. Watch Yua Mikami as she has solo male partners and eventually two at the same time... all while tied up in various stages of bondage and unable to move. Once again, she is given the Shimiken treatment. With male performer numbers so limited, these men get to have multiple ...

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The Kabe-Jiri Hard Butt Hole Masturbator is not only one of the best new buttocks onaholes around, it also celebrates one of our favorite underground Japanese sex fetishes. The realistically hefty adult toy has an internal bone structure that simulates the sensation of a girl who is bent over through a hole in the wall with her beautiful ass ready for you to take her from behind. As Kanojo Toys says, just slide your member inside her while resting your hands on her luscious hips and squeeze for a tighter, harder experience. That's all very nice, you might say, but ass ...

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YouTuber Kei recently posted a video that is generating quite a lot of discussion and views. Well, given its provocative and click-baity title, it's not surprising: What the Japanese Think of Japanese Porn. As Kei says, "Japan is famous for many things: its rich culture, Hello Kitty, and porn." Yeah, put that on the 2020 Olympic Games posters. He then proceeds to ask several young Japanese men and women for their views about Japanese AV, or porn. Well, if one gentleman is to believed, men watch AV because of "certain needs" and "stress relief". That's quite the euphemism. ...

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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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