In today's social media–driven world, it can feel like a new meme and "enjo" scandal appear every day to rage-bait us into clicks and views. One of the more recent examples in Japan was a video in January of a hostess and a client at an expensive sushi restaurant, arguing with the owner about their order. It ended with the hostess and client (who was the one filming the video) leaving the restaurant and staff having to hold back the owner from attempting a physical assault. So much for omotenashi. The trouble between the owner and the couple apparently arose because the client was ...

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Rizap is a chain of gyms in Japan that specializes in quick-fix training services that promise to slim you down in short periods of time. It often advertises its services with before-and-after shots of celebrities' bodies. Previous examples include AKB48's Minami Minegishi looking a little overweight and then athletic and toned. Other examples of brand ambassadors include 56-year-old Eri Ishida and post-scandal Yukipoyo. The latest is gravure model Mai Nishida. Once a regular feature in gravure magazines, Nishida is now 35 years old and has disappeared from our lives. And so it was a ...

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Former AKB48 music idol Nana Owada has announced her marriage. The 24-year-old gravure idol and actress told fans on June 13 that she had married a 28-year-old video editor. The pair also made a video together to share their news with her fans. Nana joined AKB48 in 2013 and graduated in 2017. Following her departure from the group, she has carved out a name for herself in the competitive world of gravure. She also did occasional acting and had her own YouTube channel. She doesn't specify in her announcement but her marriage is likely to mean the end of her gravure career. We feel ...

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More bad news about compensated dating now as the moral panic over papakatsu continues. Papakatsu is a kind of newish buzzword to describe compensated dating that involves an older man and younger woman (though in practice, compensated dating often meant such sugar daddy relationships regardless of terminology). Following media stories about female fraudsters and even at least one murder, it helps to remember that the men are not always the victim here -- and since they're the ones with the money, quite the opposite in many cases. The young women involved in papakatsu may be barely over ...

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One of Japan's current leading gravure idols, Miyu Murashima, has issued an apology after news broke that she has been having an affair with a married man. It came to light that the 25-year-old model has been seeing married Yuma Fujii, following a report on June 12 by the tabloid Bunshun. The 32-year-old Fujii is a professional basketball player who once played on the national team. Of course, it takes two to tango, and the man is surely as much to blame, if not more so than Murashima. There are two issues here. While not as severely policed as with music idols, where dating is ...

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This week, our friends at Kanojo Toys are holding a Father's Day sale offering 20% off all orders. Running through Monday, you can get a 20% discount on any items you order with the promo code PAPA. The code is valid throughout the sale period, including on multiple orders (so you can order more than once with it if you realize you want more Japanese sex toys). The code works on any type of toy but let's be honest, most sex toys are aimed at men in Japan, so we assume you are mostly likely to be looking for guy's toys. When it comes to taking advantage of a Father's Day sale, you're ...

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Eimi Fukada is one of the most successful performers in JAV, well known not just for her adult video output but also her social media prominence and huge following among fans. She cultivates this by making regular video clips and posting them for her fans. But a couple of recent videos have got a lot of people talking -- and not in a good way. In the short videos, Eimi Fukada dances around in skimpy swimwear, possibly imitating slinky DJ Soda's social media videos. View this post on Instagram A post shared by 深田えいみ (@eimi0318) View ...

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Shinjuku police have arrested a 22-year-old in Kabukicho host for tricking a 17-year-old girl out of around ¥400,000 in cash. Rai Akama is a former actor and was in contact with the girl after she came to see one of his stage productions last summer. He invited her to his host club and, so that she wouldn't get caught as underage, even lent her the ID of a female friend. This only solidified the girl's dependency on Akama, who was apparently prepared to deceive his own club and risk his livelihood for her benefit. She took a part-time job to give him money but he wanted more. He ...

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Voice actress and singer Yuka Iguchi may now be in her mid-thirties but she looks 10 years younger. And the reason? She works out a ton in the gym. She recently posed for a gym-themed photo shoot for Tarzan magazine that shows her in action during a workout. She has revealed some more about how she got in shape for her recent photo book, which came out in April and delighted fans. Iguchi trained for weeks to hone her body (and especially her butt), losing 10 kg in three months and trimming the weight she had gained during the pandemic. It feels like she is remaking herself ...

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Tech is going to solve all our problems, right? Tech -- and especially AI -- is the Band-Aid, the panacea. Or so we are led to believe, and so the government certainly seems to believe. We wrote before that the Japanese government is turning to artificial intelligence to fix the chronically declining birth rate, and that many prefectures are now involved with matchmaking services in a desperate bid to reverse the drop in marriages and, more importantly, babies. While we personally think the issue is much more about the work culture in Japan and (like in other countries) the dilemma women ...

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