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 possible financial improprieties about the Shiga Prefecture politico.
According to the latest issue of weekly Shukan Bunshun, Muto raised ¥41 million from 23 investors by saying he planned to buy unlisted stocks of a software company to log profits.
But one of Muto’s secretaries misappropriated about ¥8 million and Muto has not returned about ¥7 million that he owes to six out of the 23 investors, an unnamed source, who was identified as an acquaintance of Muto’s, told the weekly
Muto has denied the claims and says he won’t resign his seat.
But the tabloids and much of the Internet have got it in for the baby-faced lawmaker.
Shukan Bunshun has now alleged that Muto paid for sex… with an underage man!
The two romeos apparently met through a gay matchmaking site and the man claims Muto paid him ¥20,000 ($170) for sex in last November.
They met around 20 times, including at the lawmaker’s official residence.
Muto denied the allegation and even knowing the unnamed man when the tabloid tried to get a comment. (Muto also banned Shukan Bunshun from his press conference today when he reiterated his refusal to resign.)
However, the tabloid also claims that the next day the man received a phone call from Muto and messages on LINE telling him to keep his mouth shut. Muto called the man his “slave” in the online exchange.
Paying for sex is not illegal per se in Japan, though pimping is. And in fact, gay prostitution is not even covered under the law, according to some interpretations.
However, this man was technically a minor (under 20). While the age of consent is actually ambiguous in Japan, in this case the allegations, if proved true, could cause some serious trouble for ambitious politician’s career.
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 there is more going on under the surface.
There’s no facts or real research in the documentary, though it does have some nice footage and at least one decent interview with a former JK prostitute.
Of course, it got a big promotional push from Mail Online, no strangers to puritanical moralizing about such matters (all why indulging in the “sidebar of shame” filled with female celebrity bodies).
Jake Adelstein, never unwilling to plug his brand as “Japanese underworld man” (he even sits in seiza at one point — he’s gone native!), pops up as the “local expert”.
Japan’s obsession with cutesy culture has taken a dark turn, with schoolgirls now offering themselves for “walking dates” with adult men. Last year the US State Department, in its annual report on human trafficking, flagged so-called joshi-kosei osanpo dates (that’s Japanese for “high school walking”) as fronts for commercial sex run by sophisticated criminal networks.
In our exclusive investigation, VICE News host Simon Ostrovsky will bring you to one of Tokyo’s busiest neighborhoods, where girls solicit clients in their school uniforms, to a concert performed by a band of schoolgirls attended by adult men, and into a café, where teenage girls are available to hire by the hour. But the true revelations come behind closed doors, when schoolgirls involved in the rent-a-date industry reveal how they’ve been coerced into prostitution.
Here’s the video:
We’re gonna lay our cards on the table. We’re not fans of Vice because we think they are hypocrites.
They take very interesting and often controversial subjects, and make short sensational articles and videos out them.
Vice wants things both ways — they want to exploit and enjoy the “darker side” of society, while also passing moralistic judgments and pretend to be on a journalistic crusade.
Maybe the makers of this specific documentary are sincere but we find it hard to stomach when we think about Vice’s previous output.
Judge says hostess club mama-san having sex with customers “the same as prostitution”… but that’s okayWritten by: Taro on May 28, 2015 at 3:56 am | In Erotic Japan Blog | Discuss »
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 had sexual relations with the man to retain him as a customer. (In fact, though, famously, hostess tend to lose their customers after they relent and have sex with them. The men often stopping having an interest in the “untouchable” hostess and paying crazy bills to drink with them once they have had what they desired.)
But the judge in the case ruled that the mama-san did not damage the “peace of marital life” and was “merely having sexual relations as a business, in the same way as prostitution”. While his comparison may be legally very curious — and we’d love to have heard the words come out of the judge’s mouth — it essentially means the wife has no legal grounds for her claim.
The ruling actually came in April last year but has only now been reported, for some reason.
The judge also helpfully pointed out that it is a public fact that there are people who do makura eigyo in order to retain their customers. Thanks for clearing that up. The difference in the value paid between prostitution and makura eigyo is simply one of whether it is direct or indirect.
The CEO and the mama-san would eat lunch once or twice a month on Saturdays, after which they would visit a love hotel for some “dessert”. In the evening they would go their separate ways. This continued from 2005 until 2012. During this period the man was also visiting the club at about the same rate so the judge declared it was “classic case of makura eigyo“, not adultery.
Actually, neither the wife nor the mama-san had brought up the argument of makura eigyo. She had denied there had been sexual relations entirely. The judge had come to the conclusion and used the argument in his ruling. Now that’s innovative legalese.
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!
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