Be careful. That cutie you are messaging on that app or website may not be who she says she is. Meeting in person is still the safest way to guarantee someone looks like their picture -- but even this is a risky proposition, as their personality might be homicidal. A cautionary tale about papakatsu has generated headlines in Japan recently. Rino Ito was arrested near Hiratsuka Station on May 4 for attempted murder after stabbing a middle-aged man in the belly with a knife. The 28-year-old called Kanagawa police herself and confessed to the crime, before waiting for officers to arrive and ...

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Tokyo is currently facing a serious shortage of public school teachers, with the blame being put on the long hours and low pay. Could another reason for the shortfall be that young teachers keep getting arrested?! According to an article by Friday, money trouble is pushing some educators into a spiral of addiction and leading them to make risky life choices that land them in trouble with the police. In February, a male junior high school teacher in his twenties was arrested in Nagoya after making the mistake of asking a female plainclothes police officer if she wanted to go to a host club. ...

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For the most part in Japan, prostitution is not visible. Sure, if you can understand the euphemism and codes in the signage, you can see fuzoku brothels everywhere, normally in the form of places where you can go for "introductions" to sex workers. But though call girls are visible entering and leaving love hotels, or you might seem female escorts waiting for a car or sitting in a vehicle outside a love hotel, it's relatively rare to see streetwalkers in Tokyo -- as in, actual prostitutes hanging around outside and trying to pick up clients (known as tachinbo in Japanese). There are ...

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Here at Tokyo Kinky, we pride ourselves on how we strive to keep up with the latest research and fieldwork. It's a tough job, but someone's gotta do it. And so when we see an academic article titled "Exploring sexual contact networks by analyzing a nationwide commercial-sex review website," it's a no-brainer whether or not we read. Even if it's written by ecologists. Though framed in academese, the article is essentially looking at reviews for soaplands on a website that covers 66% of establishments in Japan (784 soaplands) and has more than 2 million members and information on 38,964 sex ...

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Police in Tokyo have arrested a 40-year-old man for employing a 17-year-old high school student. Takeshi Shikano runs a sex industry business in Ikebukuro. He has been arrested on suspicion of violating the child welfare law for employing the high schooler and either making her or allowing her to engage in sex work. Media reports about the arrest do not specify what kind of sex work, which took place in a rented room in the neighborhood in November last year. The police, though, termed it JK rifure -- or high female high school student reflexology -- service, where cuddles and so on are ...

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One of the lesser-known effects of the coronavirus pandemic (or at least, the recent economic situation caused by multiple factors) is that it has led to an influx of Japanese sex workers in Kabukicho going abroad to earn better money. According to recent articles in the magazine Friday (March 31 and April 7 issues), the United States used to be a popular destination among Japanese prostitutes, but increased checks at immigration control -- including apparently checking smartphone pics to see if they contain lingerie-clad selfies -- have prompted sex workers to seek out alternative ...

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Last week, we wrote about the Politician Girls 48 Party (aka Political Party Girls 48), the latest incarnation of an anti-NHK fringe right-wing populist party. The candidates are all female and feature many former idols, models, and minor celebrities. Now, as the party fields candidates in various upcoming local elections, more details have emerged about its prospective lawmakers. In April, Hasumin Yoshikawa is standing for a seat in the Setagaya City Assembly election. Setagaya, incidentally, is where the Tokyo Kinky offices are located. It's a large, mostly residential part of Tokyo known ...

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The Japanese actress Kasumi Arimura is best known for her sweet, gentle looks. She is usually seen with a smile on her face while advertising tea or something similarly innocuous (though she did do some gravure stuff early on in her career, much like Haruka Ayase also did). And so she is a surprising casting choice for the lead role in the new Netflix film Call Me Chihiro. Her character is meant to be a former sex worker who takes up a new job at a bento lunchbox shop in a seaside town. (We were also surprised to see that she is now 30. She seemed so much younger.) Though Netflix has ...

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There have been various scandals about YouTubers, proving that these new kinds of celebrities are as fallible as the rest of us. But this one is quite a bit more serious than the others. A former member of the YouTuber group Kindan Boys (禁断ボーイズ) has been arrested on suspicion of prostitution. According to various media reports on February 14, Mohrii (Kohei Mori) is accused of recruiting clients via a dating app by posing as a woman. Another four members of an alleged prostitution ring were also arrested. Mori's role was to send messages and reel patrons in. Police believe the ...

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Tea Friends is a new Japanese film about sex services for the elderly. A former sex worker called Mana (Rei Okamoto) runs the eponymous service, which she considers more like a community of "tea girls" who sleep with older men. The clients answer vague ads asking for "tea friends" and this is how they meet the women involved with the service, who tend to be mature too. If this sounds twee, it's actually realistic -- we wrote about a similar service before. Inevitably, their encounters involves trips to love hotels but the film suggests there's more to this than just sex. Also inevitably, ...

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