We have written before about political candidate Yukiko Kaname, who is hoping to win election one day as a Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan lawmaker. Having failed to win a seat in 2022, the sex-positive feminist Kaname is undeterred and her main campaigning revolves around key issues related to equality for sex workers. With a Lower House election likely to happen this year, the 47-year-old Kaname is still working hard to make a name for herself among potential voters. She recently stirred up controversy by promising a since-deleted tweet to ask the prime minister if he has ever ...

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Like millions of others, you have probably seen and enjoyed the homemade porn content by Naomiii, recording her sexual exploits with a partner in various parts of Japan, and showcasing her amazing body, which probably includes the best-shaped labia we have possibly ever seen. But publicly shared sex tapes and amateur porn are still subject to the same obscenity law in Japan that demands censorship of genitalia, and you are especially liable to attract police attention if you are successfully selling content online -- and ultimately face arrest. And so it has come to pass for Naomiii, ...

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Early last year, we reported on the lawsuit by former porn star Kaho Shibuya over the leaking of her past content. What happens to your work after you retire is a matter of concern for adult video performers, who have historically lacked control over how production companies and distributors make money off their bodies. It has been common for studios to continue releasing older content in anthologies long after a performer has officially stopped working in the industry. A new lawsuit at Tokyo District Court shows another side to this issue. The stripper Miyuki Ariga (有賀美雪) is suing ...

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A US Marine corporal has been arrested for filming a female sex worker in Naha, Okinawa. The 22-year-old was arrested at the scene on May 4 for breaching a little-known law against filming sexual acts. The Marine is attached to Camp Kinser (Machinato Service Area) in Urasoe on the main island of Okinawa. He told police, "I didn't know it was illegal [to film]." And if we're honest, that's fair enough. While a customer might know it's almost always against the brothel's rules and might land you in trouble, it might surprise many that you can actually face arrest for filming your session ...

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The controversial adult video law, which requires productions to allow for one-month contract cooling-off periods and gives greater powers to performers to prevent releases even up to four months after completion of a shoot, was introduced in June 2022. These well-meaning measures are meant to curb coercion, which has been a rampant issue in porn, but many insiders say that the new law's restrictive conditions are too harsh and risk killing off the JAV industry. Some of the most vocal opponents of the law have been porn performers themselves. Several prominent AV stars launched a petition in ...

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Famous (or possibly infamous) Japanese entrepreneur Takafumi Horie, aka Horiemon, has weighed in on the issue of adult video censorship. Japanese adult video, despite being possibly the biggest porn industry in the world, is censored: no genitals are shown. This is a strange workaround to avoid prosecution under the obscenity law that was introduced to Japan in the Meiji era. The same policy is used in softcore porn and mainstream cinema, even if the nudity is not in a sex scene. In a Japanese movie, the makers will simply shoot in a way to avoid genitals. If it's a foreign film, they will ...

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Japanese adult video studio Faleno is to release a porn parody of Colabo, an organization that helps women in need. This has ignited a huge amount of attention this week, but the context requires some explanation for the uninitiated. Colabo runs a shelter for victims of sexual and domestic violence called the Tsubomi Cafe, which is effectively a large pink bus. It can often be found in Kabukicho, which attracts young runaways and desperate women who may be drawn into prostitution or compensated dating. In a very bizarre turn of events, the organization and its activities found themselves ...

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Japan's much-publicized, controversial new porn law that passed last year was ostensibly conceived to introduce safeguards against performer coercion. Is it actually doing its job? It's perhaps too early to say, though many major adult video stars were publicly opposed to the legislation. The newly established rules on contracts and paperwork quickly claimed its first victim, when a production firm executive was arrested in December for misleading performers and uploading uncensored material. Concerns, though, were soon raised about the potential loophole in the law regard private and ...

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The Economist recently reported on the Japan's porn industry as it continues to respond to the coercion scandals that (belatedly) came out in the 2010s, and the legislation that politicians have introduced, in part, to tackle the issue. Claiming that Japan's porn industry is "coming out of the shadows," the article claims that the 2022 law targeting coercion and allowing performers to withdraw from contracts brought the industry out of a gray zone. We are not sure that's fully true. The industry still operates in murky waters, both in a good and bad sense, and the new law was ultimately ...

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Japan's obscenity laws about not showing genitalia apply to you, even if you are supposedly an amateur and not a professional porn production company churning out DVDs and streaming releases. On June 30, Japanese media showed police giving 21-year-old Yukino Kimura the perp walk. Her crime? She had sold unedited videos on Twitter to people who sent her a message on the platform. Her account was apparently reinya3_, which is still active at the time of writing but has not been updated since early June. The cutie worked by day as a company employee in Kyoto but had a Twitter account ...

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