With much of Japan on semi-lockdown (or at least, slowdown) due to measures to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus, freelancers and the self-employed are particularly feeling the crunch. This naturally includes prostitutes of various types (soaplands, call girls, etc.). Though some delivery health services are trying to cash in on the crisis with coronavirus-themed marketing, we expect most fuzoku establishments are closed or running reduced hours right now. Naturally, accurate numbers of these are hard to come by, though we did read an interview with a sex worker at an Ikebukuro ...

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We wrote recently about some of the ways that the coronavirus pandemic has affected the adult industry in Japan. We didn't talk about prostitution much except for the closure of Tobita Shinchi, a famous red-light district in Osaka, and outbreaks associated with Kabukicho in Tokyo. It's a sure thing that people aren't going out to red-light districts or brothels, but what about other types of fuzoku services such as delivery health? Well, it seems that call girls are still available and may even be busier than usual as lots more people hang around at home with little to do except think ...

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With the coronavirus pandemic still raging all over the world, many people are stuck at home. If they are stuck there with a partner, the chances are they are passing the time by getting intimate together. There's nothing quite like sex to take one's mind off a crisis. Failing that, there's always masturbation, so we are sure that traffic for porn sites is going through the roof right now. Things in Japan just got more serious, with the declaration last night of a state of emergency, although the current number of infections are still much lower than other major industrialized nations. How ...

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In case you have ever wondered where your taxes went, take a peep into the lurid world of politicians' "travel expenses." In the case of Ken Namikawa, the young mayor of Tenri City in Nara Prefecture, he made two trips to Tokyo in February and June. The provincial politico was determined to make the most out of his time in the capital, it seems, since he procured the services of delivery health call girls at his hotel room for intimate nude "massages". He has since apologized at a press conference on August 31st after Shunkan Shincho made allegations about the 38-year-old's ...

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Back in 2015 we reported about M.S.M. -- Men Who Have Sex With Men, an upcoming documentary by Ian Thomas Ash and Adrian Storey/Uchujin. Despite the announcement, nothing seemed to happen with it and the official website went dead. We assumed the project had somehow fizzled out. So we were very pleased to see that it is still alive, though in a slightly different form. Ian Thomas Ash and Adrian Storey/Uchujin are still involved, but as producers and DOP. The title has changed, too, and presumably the content. It's now called Boys for Sale. Boys are selling sex in Japan. Who ...

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How much do women working as prostitutes in Japan earn? Regardless of your nocturnal habits, it's no doubt a question no doubt many of us have asked at various times. Grow As People (GAP) is a nonprofit group that supports sex workers and it just released a new report. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it found that wages decrease with the age of the workers (the opposite of the classic Japanese corporate model). It based its report on an online survey conducted in 2015 with 377 women working at Kanto-area "delivery health" brothels (fuzoku), which dispatches call girls to love ...

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Ever wanted to know what happens inside a gyaru brothel? Well, the best way is to pay one a visit in person. Failing that, there's always Japanese cable television. The idol Yui Takano, formerly of NMB48, recently took part in a Japanese cable television show that looked at the service customers enjoy at a gyaru sex club. The particular service shown involves two heavily tattooed, bronze-skinned Japanese punk hotties rubbing their bodies all over a naked male patron, before giving him a handjob and, presumably, a blowjob (sadly not shown). Yui Takano watches this "threesome course" ...

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The gentrification and renaissance of Yoshiwara, the former licensed red-light district (and today, an unlicensed red-light district), continues. After a designer souvenir shop we saw earlier in the year now comes a new book shop, Kasutori Shobo. The store opened on September 3rd in the heart of Yoshiwara, selling books reprinting valuable resources and history about Yoshiwara and the adult side to the Showa era. Alongside other publishers' titles, the shop also publishes its own books. The owner, Goh Watanabe, raised money via a crowdfunding service to do this, achieving his target ...

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The Japan Times recently published a long and sympathetic article about the sex industry in Japan. It superbly shows how the women who ply their "trade" in the sex industry often do so because of economic hardship. For the past six years, 47-year-old single mother Kasumi Endo has lived a double life. On weekdays, she works all day as a temp-staff office worker to raise her teenage daughter. But with wages hardly sufficient to keep the household afloat, Endo (not her real name) takes a surreptitious trip to Tokyo’s downtown Ikebukuro district on weekends to earn extra money. As ...

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A new exhibition in Tokyo focuses on the controversial issue of underage enjo kosai, or compensated dating. The "We Were Bought" exhibition runs from August 11th to August 21st, featuring the photography, text and diaries of junior high or high school students (JK, joshi kousei) who have engaged in enjo kosai, a euphemism for prostitution The exhibition is organized by 24 students and Colabo, a support group for female high school students. The students and other girls are aged between 14 and 26, and live all over Japan from Hokkaido to Kyushu. There are around 100 exhibits on ...

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