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.
Soft on Demand (SOD) are some of our favorite people in the world.
Not only do they make fantastic Japanese porn, they are also a retailer who sells and distributes other production companies’ products.
Kaku-butsu is SOD’s incredible fuzoku (sex club) portal site, providing information and rankings on hundreds of clubs in Japan.
The name literally means “every thing” and it lives up to its boasts of comprehensiveness.
You can see the club’s prices, their area, their services (i.e. can the girl be “delivered” to your love hotel or apartment, or do you pick her up at the club?), and the girls’ upcoming schedule and availability.
You can search for all the girls listed in the clubs, and this can be done by area, body, busy, “genre” and more!
There are videos and, of course, a brilliant rating and review system so you can see what other patrons think of the girls.
We also love how the registered users who make a profile and record their reviews of girls and clubs are given the brilliant euphemism of “inspectors”.
So, the question now is — are you ready to join the inspectors and test out some of the fantastic clubs?
At the time of writing, the club with the best ranking for its girls is “Ikebukuro Nurse Oshigoto” with Rio and Yua, both a nubile 23 years old. If you want a bit of nurse action for a very cheap price — some of the most reasonably priced sex clubs in Tokyo can be found in Ikebukuro and other parts of north Tokyo — then head to these clinical ladies.
They might look like sweet, innocent girls. But they’re not.
And now their secret has been calculated.
In September, the economist Yasuyuki Iida published a book, Yoru no keizaigaku (Nightnomics), in which he worked out the number of women in Japan who have worked in prostitution in some form, based on analysis of real data.
He says that 1 woman in every 20 is likely a sex worker or has been a sex worker.
“At present, there are around 10,000 sex clubs/shops (fuzoku) operating in Japan. If we look at their websites at who is working there, we could say that there are around 30 women per club. In other words, calculating 10,000 shops by 30 people, we have a total of 300,000 women currently working as prostitutions in fuzoku.”
It goes without saying that not every woman in fuzoku clubs and parlors goes the whole way — by law they are not supposed to — and of course, there are lots of shadier sides of fuzoku, such as hostesses and so on who cross over the line from time to time. Plus there are the uncounted numbers of women operating in establishments that don’t have websites or are not registered, or who are simply plying their trade on the streets (many of these are foreign).
Iida, though, is more logical and sets about thinking about numbers who have retired. He postures that a ten-year career in fuzoku seems rational, based on data from the 1960s and 1970s about women placed in correctional facilities.
Iida goes on to calculate that roughly 30,000 women would be joining each year and 30,000 leaving the profession. Using 2012′s population figures, there were around 700,000 women aged 25-29, of whom (if we presume all prostitutes are that young, which is not always the case), around 30,000 would have been working in sex clubs. That comes to around 5%.
And this is how we arrive at the 1-in-20 figure, though the Shukan Post, a weekly tabloid, is a bit skeptical due to all the margins for error.
Iida also concedes that his data is old and that since 1989, less and less women have been arrested and put into correctional facilities. This makes his job harder and our imaginations go into overtime as to the real numbers! “The ’1-in-20′ figure should just be a reference,” he says.
We’ve been sitting on this story for a few days to see how it would pad out. And it just keeps on getting better and better.
The tabloid Shukan Bunshun has been publishing a series of photos of AKB48 manager Tomonobu Togasaki smoking (legal) drugs and meeting girls at love hotels.
Togasaki is photographed smoking H Zone 12th, a legal stimulant, in a stairwell of a posh bar in central Tokyo.
Though it is not suggested — yet! — that 40-year-old Togasaki has been grooming the hundreds of idols and wannabe idols he manages or auditions for his own sexual predilections, the tabloid has caught him visiting various hotels with different young girls, some of whom are less than 20.
What is funny is how married family man Togasaki was so glib when he responded to accusations about his “affair” with a college girl.
“She’s not an amateur. It’s prostitution. That’s not the same as having an affair!”
So if you are screwing girls half you age who are “professionals”, then your wife has no cause for complaint! Oh, and teenage girls should continue to meet you to discuss their bright futures in the world of idol-dom.
AKB’s management is no stranger to scandal.
There are consistently strong rumors of Yakuza connections — like with most of the geinoukai — plus that Tomomi Kasai was or is having an affair with Yasushi Kubota. Many of the top AKB girls are basically rumored to have slept with the managers, including Mariko Shinoda, which wouldn’t shock anyone who knows about the Gravure idol, for example, where the practice of sexual favors to managers is commonplace.
So far top dog Yasushi Akimoto himself has remained clean.
Could this have something to do with “cleaning up” Japan ahead of the upcoming Olympics in 2020?
We haven’t heard much about a crackdown on enjo kosai for a little while now, after the media panicked about it a few years ago. But the police have launched a big internet hunt for schoolgirls prostituting themselves through euphemisms.
This year, as part of a trial period of the cyber investigation in ten prefectures, they have nabbed 97 minors. 89 of these were schoolgirls, those offering their underwear or their whole bodies (or both). Being underage, they are technically only taken into custody as “victims” and won’t face full charges under the child prostitution laws.
Apparently over 48% of them had previously been involved with similar schemes in the past and there was even a male high school student (15) seeking a partner for cash.
Our image of the pimp is typically a young wannabe gangster, flashy clothes with sunshades and a toothpick in his teeth.
Beware an old man in a hurry, as the saying has it. The elderly chap in spectacles might just be rushing around arranging sexual encounters for his fellow older acquaintances.
Such was the case in Tokyo where the 70-year-old Kiyohide Kuroda was arrested for organizing meet-ups between older men and women in coffee shops, which would then lead onto some more vigorous encounters.
Kuroda’s arrest stems specifically from a meeting he arranged between a male 67-year-old company employee and a 65-year-old female prostitute, who met at a coffee shop in Tokyo in August.
For ten years Kuroda was placing classified ads in the Tokyo Shimbun advertising his San Ai (Three Loves) services. He would then coordinate people via his “tea-drinking friends introduction club” to have sex.
It is being reported in the media that he assisted 1,000 men and 350 women in this way. The average age was 65, though his oldest male customer was a sprightly 88 while one woman hit a feisty 82!
Of course, Kuroda wasn’t a charity and was earning money as commission. There was a 5,000 joining fee and then men who wanted to take things further had to pay around 20,000 yen each time. It is said Kuroda earned 30 million yen over the last decade.
San Ai was based in Katsushika Ward’s Shin Koiwa, a borough not short on the elderly. And we know that the senior citizens of east Tokyo are full of sexual energy.
The Tokyo Shimbun newspaper is also in hot water for advertising sex services, albeit through euphemisms. For years it was getting a nice monthly fee from San Ai and had in theory checked that the ads were legal. However, Kuroda maintains the code word was comprehensible to those looking for liaisons.
“I used ‘tea-drinking companions’ because I didn’t want to give the impression that it was a sex business,” he said. “I thought people seeking prostitutes understood what it meant.”
Stand around outside any major station or crossing in a Japanese city and you will see them. Young guys picking up girls. Sounds pretty universal. Only these guys are not looking for sex for themselves, nor are they the flamboyant hosts looking for customers to take to their bars.
These usually young and slender guys are scouts. Their job is to recruit girls to work as hostesses or prostitutes in Japan’s whole other dimension of sex shops. They get finder’s fees from the businesses that they recruit for and they can often be seen watching the hordes that pass, only to then slink up to a certain lady and start walking alongside her and engaging her in conversation.
But according to one article now doing the rounds online, their days may be numbered after a major agency that hires scouts was busted by police recently for scouting two high school students in Ikebukuro in 2011.
Weekly Playboy (Sept 30) reports that Talent Bank, which secured the services of some 67 scouts, including females, cleared over 10 million yen a month, and was believed to have raked in over 300 million yen since the company’s founding in 2011.
Street scouting used to be very much a solitary profession, but more recently, the magazine has learned, they have become organized into groups. The main source of inside information about this is the pseudonymous Mr A, who heads his own group of some 20 scouts.
The scouts also then provide other services to the women they recruit, forming a kind of professional relationship with them — after all, the woman are actually their clients at the end of the day. For example, they might find them a clinic to get plastic surgery.
Woman might also be scouted at clubs and elsewhere, since working the streets risks humiliation and there is plenty of competition. Working with an agency like Talent Bank allows them to get a piece of turf secured and so they won’t be bothered by gangsters or other scouts.
The scouts also tend to be young and may often students. No doubt with the skills they hone on the streets they will have long and successful careers in sales ahead of them.
The question now is whether the raid on Talent Bank is the start of a crackdown by the cops?
Saitama might well have a reputation as a boring suburb of Tokyo but some places aren’t as dull as they sound.
Japan might also be a nation with 25% older population but the seniors can’t be accused of being anything but active.
One man was recently arrested for being a little too vigorous, in fact. 64-year-old Yoshio Shimazaki of Utsunomiya in Tochigi had some urges and knew where to do go to sort it out. He went to Saitama.
He got to know the girl through a BDSM internet site and met her over a year at hotels for bondage sessions.
But something went wrong or the girl got bored. They stopped meeting and Shimazaki’s mails grew more urgent. “Master, I want to meet you!” After receiving lots of these mails the girl finally got annoyed and went to the police.
Shimazaki was arrested on charges of child prostitution and committing indecent acts. He acknowledges the charges with the simple excuse of “I was turned on.”
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