According to an article on Nikkan Gendai, a quarter of Japanese girls have experience working in what is euphemistically known as mizu-shobai. This can apply to full-on hostesses but also just girls working in “snack” bars, girls’ bars, and so on.
The article quotes a survey of 3,563 women around Japan asking if they have experience working at night at a kyabakura (cabaret, a type of hostess club) or snack bar.
23% answered yes.
If we add in how many have experience working in prostitution or in AV, the numbers grow bigger still.
According to one specialist writer, then it’s more like a third of women in Japan.
Those who then can’t socialize or converse well tend to move quickly into prostitution.
Apparently the stigma attached to doing a part-time job at a hostess club or snack bar, or even a soapland, has fallen a lot and some women will discuss it openly with their friends.
If they make the venture into the AV industry, it can be a lucrative side job.
Students, office ladies and teachers can receive between ¥40-50,000 ($333-420) for a porn appearance too.
Well, unless we do our own survey we can’t vouch for the veracity of all this. But we love the idea that a third of all the girls we see have been a hostess, call girl or AV actress at some point in their lives!
We all like to compare numbers, especially when it comes to the number of people you’ve slept with.
But we accept defeat when it comes to Yuhei Takashima, who has apparently admitted to sex with over 12,000 women.
That’s not a typo: more than twelve thousand!
The former Yokohama school principal was not just into the sex itself. He also catalogued his incredible feat.
Over 27 years he allegedly archived almost 150,000 photographs of his sexual exploits with prostitutes in 400 neatly filed red albums.
Takashima is aged 64 but his “career” goes back to 1988 when he went to work at a Japanese school in Manila for three years. A strong yen and a cheap sex industry made for an unhealthy combination.
Since his first encounter, Takashima reportedly went on three sex tours a year to the Philippines. His 65 visits totalled up to 12,700 sexual exchanges, which is an average of one per day for every day of his life since his first visit. Obviously he was in Japan most of the time so he must have been frequenting multiple prostitutes every day (and night).
These prostitutes were aged between 14 and 70, indicating the catholic nature of Takashima’s tastes. 10% were under the age of 18, Takashima is said to have admitted to police.
He has said he enjoyed the “strong feeling of liberation from the restraints of ethics”. The last photo in his collection is labelled “12,660″.
His downfall? He was arrested in January 2014 for having sex in a Manila hotel with a minor. Philippine police also gave the Japanese police information in September 2013 when they caught Takashima paying a girl aged 13-14 around ¥2,500 for sex. However, because they could not identify the girl, he was not charged with soliciting a child prostitute.
Police have now seized his amazing 147,600-strong catalogue of sex.
He faces charges of possession of child pornography because he took photos of what he did with the underage girl.
Kanagawa Prefectural Police can prosecute Takashima under special laws for crimes committed overseas.
He may also have to return his retirement bonus to the education board. Since his retirement as junior high school principal in 2011 Takashima had been working as an editor of an educational publication.
The Japan Times has run an interesting story about “JK Industry” sex workers.
It focuses around two teenagers who are schoolgirls working in Akihabara in services ambiguously close to being full-on prostitution but often allowed by the letter of the law.
Seventeen-year-old Momo knows that her customers are keen on doing more with her than the official things she offers.
Momo is among the schoolgirls whom experts warn are prone to gravitate toward the notorious “JK” business — JK being short for “joshi kosei” (high school girls) — rampant in Akihabara and other parts of central Tokyo.
Even though police have cracked down in recent years, experts say the shady part-time job industry featuring high school girls remains a hotbed of teen exploitation and sex trafficking. And the traffickers, ever wary of law enforcement, appear to be changing their tactics to stay one step ahead of the police.
The JK business has variants, including JK “rifure” (reflexology), where the girls give massages and lie next to their clients, and JK “osanpo” (tour guide), where the girls stroll with customers as if on a date.
But be it massaging or sauntering, the men often exploit their privacy with the girls to pressure them for sex or outright assault them, experts say.
Japan has come up to international criticism from America for what is categorized as child prostitution elsewhere. Looking ahead to the 2020 Olympics, Tokyo is trying to act at least to hide what it fears may offend some visitors.
In January 2013, Tokyo police raided 17 JK rifure parlors in pursuit of alleged violations of the labor standards law.
The following April, they began to take girls who work at such establishments into custody to persuade them to quit the industry.
Last December, police started rounding up girls who engaged in osanpo.
In response to the heightened police surveillance, traffickers who hire the girls have changed tactics to make their business look more innocuous.
Instead of asking male passers-by if they want a massage or to take a stroll, many girls distributing fliers now say their job is simply to “chat” with the men, or, bizarre as it may sound, “tell their fortune” in a cafe-like setting.
Of course, this is a ruse for guys to meet girls who they meet again for more intimate encounters. As the regulations get stricter, so the way for people to meet becomes more disguised.
In the latest development, two men were reportedly arrested in October for running what they touted as a JK “komyu” (communications) parlor in Tokyo’s Takadanobaba district. Despite its name, it invited customers to help the girls change into bathing suits and then sniff them.
“Unlike professional hostesses in the adult entertainment business, these girls are still naive in a way that they, for example, recoil in fear when guys try to touch them,” said one campaigner. “The men apparently find this kind of naive reaction a turn-on.”
The girls often come from vulnerable backgrounds and suffer from depression.
15-year-old Kaori is similar to Momo. Her parents divorced when she was young and she lived with her father, though he was rarely home. She started her career in the JK business in order to gain attention.
“The traffickers run their businesses in a way that keeps them just within the law. So it’s hard to bust them,” said the police.
A civilian group has been formed for dealing with the problem of stalking among sex workers.
Following several high-profile murders, the issue of stalking by men in Japan has been big news recently.
The creation of SWASH in Osaka would be important in that respect alone but it’s actually aimed at helping protect the working environments of sex workers, which is very rare. Although prostitution per se is not illegal in Japan — only profiting from prostitution — it is nonetheless almost unheard of for sex workers to be acknowledged in this way.
However, prostitutes working in Japan’s fuzuoku (sex clubs, everything from a handjob or blow job parlor to a soapland or full-out brothel) are at risk of attracting stalkers and yet it is also much harder for them to press charges due to their profession. (It is rare to see prostitutes soliciting on the streets, though. Typically those that you can see, such as in Dogenzaka in Shibuya, are Chinese.)
According to the police, other people at risk include doctors and celebrities. Of the latter, Mitsu Dan and Nanao have suffered from stalker fans recently. There has been a increase of stalking cases of 53% since 2012, a jump of 1,103 cases. However, the actual number is likely much higher since sex workers will often not report stalking to the authorities.
Police say there were some 21,000 cases of “damage” caused by stalkers and some 49,000 cases of domestic violence in 2013. Both are new records for Japan. These issues are not going away.
Over half of stalking cases are said to involve a former lover or partner, over 10% a friend or acquaintance, and 9% a colleague or someone from your workplace.
It’s probably uncontroversial to say that Japan is a culture in which more men use professional sex services than in many other countries. Japanese men have few qualms about using call girls and prostitutes. Japan is also a country with a vast porn industry.
All in all, this creates men less embarrassed by their liking for porn stars or pictures of naked, or semi-naked, women.
Some men even customize their own loafers so they can have such images on their feet!
Take this anonymous netizen who has apparently created these shoes. Can you tell what the pictures are?
They are supposed to be based on actual call girl flyers, you know the kind that occasionally arrive in your mail box in your condo.
Beat that, Jimmy Choo!
Most of the flyers look a bit retro now so we expect the source material isn’t so recent, but we’re still very curious to find out who did it, how, and whether they have actually worn these around town!
We all have fantasies about the sexy nurse who knows how to tuck you in.
Well, at least one nurse in Osaka really did have the know-how, cultivated through experienced at her second job.
Tokyo Reporter has picked up a nice story from the media about the Osaka Medical Center and Research Institute for Maternal and Child Health, which has suspended a 24-year-old nurse from work because the young nurse was also employed at an Osaka “fashion health” (a type of sex club) from August 2013 to April this year.
The nurse was accused of violating internal regulations regarding side employment.
The matter came to light in early April, when the center received an anonymous tip regarding the women’s side work.
So the issue is more one of moonlighting, not so much the ethical (or medical) one of what the nurse was doing at the Kita Ward club. Since it was only a fashion health, the nurse was probably only giving oral sex to patrons rather than full sex.
She apparently earned 1.6 million yen through administering the occasional handjob or blow job.
She has only received a one-month suspension, though, no doubt because the senior doctors want to sample her extra skills in the near future!
Good old Ikebukuro. That big hub of sleaze. The last gateway of Tokyo before the descent into the burbs of Saitama et al has more than its fair share of sex clubs and Chinese hookers prowling the streets.
And now comes news that three years ago a 24-year-old man had sex with a 14-year-old junior high school girl in a love hotel in Ikebukuro. Japanese schoolgirls in trysts with older guys in Ikebukuro… Why does this not surprise?
But it gets better.
The unemployed Shun Ikeda has been arrested recently not only for committing indecent acts with a minor in the summer of 2011 but also for selling pictures of his exploits online.
News reports are saying he was even quite prolific, having sex with at least 10 girls and photographing 35 girls naked. These were discovered by Osaka’s cops, which led to the end of Ikeda’s career as a pornographer and deflowerer of teenaged girls.
Of course, he used the normal deai-kei websites (a type of dating site) as the way to meet his victims and we can assume that money changed hands at some point.
Apparently he had quite a fetish for schoolgirls and his home in Setagaya Ward in Tokyo had school uniforms and maid cosplay outfits, says Tokyo Reporter.
Quite a hoard!
Line is one of the most popular apps at the moment, especially in Asia. But it’s not just for using cute characters to communicate. It’s also for prostitution.
That is, if you are a 39-year-old guy looking for underage girls.
Restaurant worker Koji Kanmera got to know the 16-year-old high school runaway over Line. He then paid her 15,000 yen in cash and they retired to a hotel in Ome City, on the outskirts of Tokyo.
The girl advertised herself on Line as a “runaway with no money, in need of support” — which might be taken as bait enough.
“I wanted to have fun with a young girl so I did it,” confessed Kanmera. Hey, who can blame him?
In the latest Olympic “clean-up” operation, now Chiyoda Ward — a large district in central Tokyo — is following the efforts of police in Akihabara to crack down on “walking dates” passing new local legislation to ban them from April 1st.
In so-called “JK osanpo” men meet with girls they believe are high school students (the “JK” stands for joshi kosei) and go on a “walk” with them, often culminating at a love hotel. These may be services that are prostitution in disguise or they may be more covertly arranged through individuals over websites. Some people don’t just want sex, though. Patrons might want to purchase the girls’ clothes or other items to satisfy their fetishes.
This man is Akira Shibetani (30), who was arrested last October for paying ¥18,000 (about $175) for the underwear of a high school student during one Akiba walking excursion. She was 17 and he had met her through an internet bulletin board, where she offered to sell her underwear to people who reserved her services at a “JK Osanpo cafe”. Shibetani and the girl’s promenade ended at a karaoke place in Chiyoda Ward, where she took off her panties for him and also let him touch her genitals.
Shibetani confessed that he liked girls who hadn’t reached maturity yet and got excited by the smell of sweat.
No penalty for the Chiyoda ban has yet been announced, though there will be people patrolling the streets to hunt for high school girls walking with older men.
What’s next? High school girls banned from chatting to members of the opposite sex?
On Monday night, a dragnet of 100 police officers raided the famed electronics shopping and otaku subculture district in search of girls of schoolgirl age standing on the streets.
Apparently ten girls under 18 were taken into “protective custody”. Their crime? Wearing a school uniform on the streets of Akihabara.
Recent concerns about walking dates recall the media frenzy on enjo kosai in the 1990′s, though this is supposed to be the first major crackdown by the national police on the phenomenon.
It follows previous raids on maid cafes and schoolgirl “reflexology” massage parlors in Akihabara and Ikeburo in January.
Osanpo is a service offered by establishments where a customer can head out onto the streets with the schoolgirl (or a maid). Of course, where they go from there is up to the pair. Frequently this will involve a trip to a love hotel for a tryst. Needless to say, the customers are adult men. It is a similar service to douhan, offered by hostess clubs where the lady and the male client will dine together before going to the club.
Schoolgirls on the streets of Akiba may well be soliciting osanpo walking dates outside of these kinds of massage parlors and shops, which will be happening more since the police began to target them.
An osanpo date will cost around 5,000 yen for 30 minutes or 8,000 yen for an hour, so if you are heading to a love hotel, you need to be quick or you will be paying double time (both the hotel fee and the “walking” fee).
As the city gears up towards 2020, the fear is that the government and police will seek to crack down more and more on subcultures and subversive areas like Akiba, as well as overt signs of sex and prostitution in Japan, including the wealth of porn mags to be found in most convenience stores.
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