The Japanese Sex Industry

Friday, January 17, 2014

The Japanese Sex Industry

In Japan, prostitution is not the same as the "sex" industry. Because the Japanese government defines prostitution as full on vaginal sex in exchange for money, most sex "clubs" or brothels only offer non vaginal sex in order for the service to be legal. There are more than 12,000 businesses in the 15 billion dollar sex industry in Japan, according to the Dai-ich Life Research Institute.

Often times, the sex industry is regarded as "taboo" and shady. In Japan, the sex industry is regarded as a legitimate, completely legal business that is a mainstream part of business culture and ultimately substantially financed by business expense accounts.

Yakuza, Japanese Mafia

Japan’s sex industry is run by the Yakuza, aka. the Japanese Mafia. Like many things in Japan, the inner workings of the Yakuza are ambiguous. Although they engage in many illegal activities, they also run some legal business activities and are registered business organizations. While they should be chased by the police, they often work in collaboration with the police to maintain social order. Overall, they have an astonishing degree of community acceptance, and thus are a vested interest group which blocks action against illegal sex industry activities.

ブルセラ "Fetchism" 
Fetichism, also known as Burusera, are vendors who purchase dirty lingerie from girls and sell them to men. The whole idea is that male customers could feel the female body “scent”; so the more used the more expensive the garment is. The lingerie is kept in sealed boxes so they can preserve their former owner’s odor. The Burusera shop also has school blazers or young girls’ saliva under a random girl’s name for sale.

デリバリーヘルス "Delivery Health" 

"Delivery Health" (デリバリーヘルス) services send women to addresses specified by a customer. This can be a home, a love hotel or even a expressway rest area. Almost everyday mail boxes are stuffed with small advertisements for call delivery services. The ads picture naked women or uniformed schoolgirls in suggestive positions and a list a menu with 30 minutes with one play for $100, 60 minutes with two play for $150, 90 minutes with three play for $200 and 120 minutes with fore play for $250. Similar ads are found in telephone booths and the backs of tissues given out on the street by young girls and in the backs pages of sports tabloids. Internet and cell phones users are also spammed with similar services.
援助交際 "Compensated Dating"

Enjo kōsai (援助交際). It is one of Japanese society’s most infamous phenomenon: schoolgirls dating older men for money. Although many of these relationships do not involve sex, it is still selling love, which I consider prostitution. Enjo kosai emerged towards the end of Japan’s 1980s economic boom. Young, middle-class girls had become used to an expensive lifestyle, funded by their prosperous fathers, but the economy was starting to fall apart. With their families unable to fulfill these materialistic needs, but discouraging them from taking part-time jobs, many girls looked elsewhere.

ソープランド "Soap Land"

These are the houses where a customer takes a bath and it is one of the most common and oldest commercial sex establishments. It is similar to a sauna or ‘sento’ (Japanese bath house) but it includes sexual services. These are legal businesses that provide services in disguise where the deal is to come in couples, two adults (the client and the prostitute). It does not seemingly imply penetration. According to trustworthy data, during the early 80’s there were approximately 1,800 establishments. The figure decreased to 1,300 in 2002 and this figure continues to decrease.

テレクラ "Dating Clubs"

The objective of Dating Clubs is to get dates for single men, just like the ones arranged by matchmaking agencies. The truth is however, that they facilitate sexual encounters (of many kinds) between men of different ages and young girls.

ストリップクラブ "Strip Theatre"

Strip Theaters are located in far off the cities, they provide a stage for women to dance completely nude and have sexual intercourse with a lucky attendee selected from the audience via raffle. and The chosen guest gets to participate for no additional fee. The live sex act takes place on stage behind a thin curtain. The rest of the attendees can have sex with the dancers in small rooms located off of the main room.
イメクラ "Image Clubs"
Imekura. Also known as “Image Clubs” are establishments were waitresses wear manga character’s costumes or erotic manga uniforms of a nurse, a flight attendant or a policewoman. “Maid Cafes” are perhaps the most common among them; waitress dress up in maid outfits. Generally their services do not involve sex, however those services might be available for an extra fee. The customer comes in the café, has a drink while indulging in fantasies; he may also ask one of the ladies for a chat or to “rent” her for a date outside of the establishment. The main difference from other businesses is that these cafes not only have young women attending customers, they may as well have older women waitressing; that depends on the fantasy the café aims to fulfill.

Sex Shops 

Sex shops. These are entirely legal in Japan. The sex shops have shown to be a very lucrative business. There are around 1,500 (not including virtual shops) throughout the country; their main customers are men. However, there has been a gradual increase in the number of women that visit these shops in a quest for sex toys.

Street Prostitution. Women solicit customers while waiting on street corners or walking along side streets which is common throughout the world.The business is then taken care of in a hotel room. Prostitution can be disguised as massages or other forms. The street prostitutes are generally Asian and usually never Japanese.

Publications. There are sexually explicit mangas (hentai) or books with “artistic” pictures of young women in suggestive poses and outfits. The latter are usually extremely detailed and are of high-quality.

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