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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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 ...

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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. ...

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As widely reported in the media, the police have begun a new campaign cracking down on so-called "walking dates" in Akihabara in Tokyo. 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 ...

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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?), ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 will officially begin on October 21st, aimed at schoolgirls selling used panties or otherwise offering their bodies for willing men. This year, as part of a trial period of the cyber investigation in ten prefectures, they have nabbed 97 minors. ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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. In November 2011 at a love hotel in Kawaguchi City he gave a female high school student ¥20,000 and then had her perform bondage play with him. At the time the ...

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A Korean politician on a board for women and families once claimed that there are around 50,000 Korean prostitutes in Japan, some 2,500 in Australia and 250 in Guam. "In the whole world there are 100,000," said Okuyi Kim. The reason why so many Korean women enter the world's oldest profession? Well, money must be the main one. 10 Korean women arrested in Canada in May 2012 gave that explanation to police. Foreign prostitutes in the US are said to be 23.5% Korean, the largest of any nationality, followed by 11.7% Thai and 10% Peruvian. With Korea's own tightening of prostitution laws ...

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Forget Toyota and Sony, the real beneficiaries of Abenomics and the boost to the economy Japan is receiving (at least in spirit) is Yoshiwara, the old red light district near the Tokyo Sky Tree and still active centuries after it first became a licensed sex area. Of course, these days prostitution is officially outlawed (thanks to the US occupation for that) but the true Yoshiwara experience can still be enjoyed in the soaplands, where you get a bubbly rub-down followed by other kinds of services. The increase in tourists to the nearby Sky Tree is having a knock-on effect on the ...

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What did we tell you recently about larger ladies being better experiences? There's even a special masturbator for just that sensation! Clearly we are not alone in these opinions, since news reaches us that Japanese police have broken up a delivery health service (a euphemism for call girl service) which specializes in women weighing up to 150kg! The leader has been arrested -- we guess, then, she wasn't kicking up to the right Yakuza to win police protection -- though intriguingly it was a woman. Keiko Saito (41) was running Makkusu Bodi (Max Body) expressly for men who like ...

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