How much do women working as prostitutes in Japan earn? Regardless of your nocturnal habits, it's no doubt a question no doubt many of us have asked at various times. Grow As People (GAP) is a nonprofit group that supports sex workers and it just released a new report. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it found that wages decrease with the age of the workers (the opposite of the classic Japanese corporate model). It based its report on an online survey conducted in 2015 with 377 women working at Kanto-area "delivery health" brothels (fuzoku), which dispatches call girls to love ...

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It's from late December 2013 but we just stumbled upon this stimulating article on The Tokyo Files about Yoshiwara. As regular readers will know, Yoshiwara was the licensed pleasure quarter in historical Tokyo (Edo). Today it doesn't correspond to an official address (funny that!) but you can find it at Senzoku 4-chome in Taito-ku, which is in the east of the city and very far from the expensive brand stores or third-wave coffee shops of Shinjuku, Shibuya and Omotesando. Its location from 1675 was moated with two entry points: the Japanese love to control everything, even ...

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Lots of women marched around the world to mark International Women's Day on March 8th, including at least one group in Tokyo. But here is another protest by a different kind of feminist: sex workers. A group of sex workers (male and female) marched while wearing masks and carrying red umbrellas. This was part of Red Umbrella March, which has emerged as a sex worker solidarity event around the world. The sex workers started in Shibuya and then traveled to Kabukicho by train before finishing their march in Ueno. Along the way they kept their masks on and held signs indicating that they ...

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A journalist working on a BBC Three documentary about child sexual exploitation was held in police custody. The 29-year-old Stacey Dooley was held by police in Tokyo for two hours during the making of her documentary, Young Sex For Sale In Japan. "It [the doc] focuses on the fact they only made it illegal to possess child pornography in 2014," said Dooley. "We set out to try and understand why it took a privileged country, like Japan, so long to come to this conclusion. Also to see if the change in their law had made any real difference on the ground." Dooley and her team were ...

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Bad news if you are into "JK business", the new style of enjo kosai (compensated dating) where you go on "dates" with schoolgirls that end in a sexual encounter. The days of casually walking into a JK business venue and getting an appointment with a teenager are possibly numbered. These services are often euphemistically called "osanpo" (walks), though they may also be in the form of "massages" or "soine" (snuggling up together in bed), or as conversations in a "cafe" or even sessions where the customer takes photos of the girl schoolgirl in swimwear. ("JK" stands for "joshi-kosei", or ...

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Ever wanted to know what happens inside a gyaru brothel? Well, the best way is to pay one a visit in person. Failing that, there's always Japanese cable television. The idol Yui Takano, formerly of NMB48, recently took part in a Japanese cable television show that looked at the service customers enjoy at a gyaru sex club. The particular service shown involves two heavily tattooed, bronze-skinned Japanese punk hotties rubbing their bodies all over a naked male patron, before giving him a handjob and, presumably, a blowjob (sadly not shown). Yui Takano watches this "threesome course" ...

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The gentrification and renaissance of Yoshiwara, the former licensed red-light district (and today, an unlicensed red-light district), continues. After a designer souvenir shop we saw earlier in the year now comes a new book shop, Kasutori Shobo. The store opened on September 3rd in the heart of Yoshiwara, selling books reprinting valuable resources and history about Yoshiwara and the adult side to the Showa era. Alongside other publishers' titles, the shop also publishes its own books. The owner, Goh Watanabe, raised money via a crowdfunding service to do this, achieving his target ...

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The Japan Times recently published a long and sympathetic article about the sex industry in Japan. It superbly shows how the women who ply their "trade" in the sex industry often do so because of economic hardship. For the past six years, 47-year-old single mother Kasumi Endo has lived a double life. On weekdays, she works all day as a temp-staff office worker to raise her teenage daughter. But with wages hardly sufficient to keep the household afloat, Endo (not her real name) takes a surreptitious trip to Tokyo’s downtown Ikebukuro district on weekends to earn extra money. As ...

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A new exhibition in Tokyo focuses on the controversial issue of underage enjo kosai, or compensated dating. The "We Were Bought" exhibition runs from August 11th to August 21st, featuring the photography, text and diaries of junior high or high school students (JK, joshi kousei) who have engaged in enjo kosai, a euphemism for prostitution The exhibition is organized by 24 students and Colabo, a support group for female high school students. The students and other girls are aged between 14 and 26, and live all over Japan from Hokkaido to Kyushu. There are around 100 exhibits on ...

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Following a sex scandal (alleged prostitution!), the gravure idol Shoko Takasaki has made her porn debut on the Muteki AV label, which specializes in porn featuring former idols and actors. Ahead of her debut as "Shoko Takahashi" (changing her names for legal reasons after she left her previous agency), our voluptuous lady posed semi-nude for some ravishing shots... Though there was some confusion over the rumors of Takasaki's switch from gravure to porn, the naysayers have been proved wrong and these images reveal what a delight the results appear to be... Behold ...

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What are the dark secrets of the entertainment industry in Japan? Here is our subjective list. 1: Sex Despite the control exerted by talent agencies over idols' private lives (who they can and cannot date, or in the case of some groups, not letting them date or have sex at all), the truth is that there is plenty of sex happening -- it's just not all that pleasant or consensual. Makura eigyo (sleeping with people to get ahead, like the casting couch) is rampant at many levels of the gravure and idol industry, with female models and entertainers frequently having sex with older male ...

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A Yokohama court has ordered a transsexual parlor to leave a residential complex in the city after a group of residents got together to sue it on grounds of violating the terms of usage. Locals were annoyed about the large numbers of employees and customers coming and going in the elevator. Police were unable to do anything about Hanatsuki Yokohama because it was a classed as a gay service. In Japan, paying for penetrative sex is illegal, so prostitution services get around this by officially not offering "full service", though this is frequently a mere camouflage maintained to ...

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Known for her perfect body and gorgeous G-cup bust, Shoko Takasaki was until late last year one of the top rising gravure idols in Japan and a potential star in the general entertainment industry. But the gravure world is a fickle one and idols are sometimes more desperate for money than you might think, plus quickly learn that their looks and bodies are their top advantage in a ruthless industry where management expects to sleep with new talent. In September, images surfaced that seemed to show her engaging in enjo kosai (a euphemism for prostitution), causing her to quit the grand ...

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Vice seems to have a bee in its bonnet over Japan's so-called "JK industry" of schoolgirl prostitution. After its provocative and criticized article and video last year, now it reports on a police crackdown on "businesses that exploit underage girls". The article is written by Tokyo Vice (no relation) author Jake Adelstein, who has made a career out of presenting himself as the gaijin expert on all things Yakuza. Recently he has tried to talk a lot about teenager prostitution too and linking it to AKB48, getting a lot of flak for it. When a UN investigator visiting Japan ...

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Ever hired a lady of the night and then changed your mind? Tried to cancel and had trouble with the girl or her handlers? One man had such a problem in Kabukicho but ended up on top, legally speaking. Yukie Shimoyachi, a 30-year-old prostitute, was arrested earlier this week for extortion. She had forced a man to pay her a "cancellation fee" of ¥50,000 ($410) in the early hours of September 27th. The man had been lured by a street tout in Kabukicho (lesson of the day: DON'T trust those guys) with the promise of a lady who could provide full penetrative sex services (technically ...

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Takaya Muto has already been forced to resign over a money scandal. Now he might have to contend with a sex scandal too. The 36-year-old Lower House member of the conservative Liberal Democratic Party already made a lot of enemies when he took to Twitter to brand activists protesting against the government's immensely controversial state security bills as "selfish" and "fooled" by "propaganda and false information". That was late July. Fast-forward a few weeks and Muto is not looking so smug now. He has been forced to quit his party after tabloid Shukan Bunshun exposed ...

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Hardly is the ink dry on one article about Akihabara schoolgirl osanpo walking dates, than along comes another western report about "human trafficking" in Japan. Vice News has made Schoolgirls for Sale in Japan, a 17-minute "exposé" about JK schoolgirl prostitution at cafes and other venues in Tokyo. The presenter travels to Japan to interview schoolgirl prostitutes and investigate "JK culture". Much of this is innocent enough, from fortune-telling to music idol groups. But as a near scuffle with a minor gangster on the streets of Akihabara shows, with some of these services ...

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A judge has made a ruling which should mean hostesses and hostess club mama-san's (the older ladies who own and/or manage the club) can rest easy. The wife of a CEO who spent around seven years having an affair with the mama of a Ginza hostess club sued her husband's sexual partner for "mental suffering" she had caused. She wanted compensation of ¥4 million ($32,000). The judge said that the Ginza mama-san was just doing makura eigyo ("pillow business"), the euphemism for when people have sex to further their career or do business. In other words, the Ginza hostess mama-san only ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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