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Is Shibuya Tokyo's new sin city?

Since the tightening of regulations against fuuzoku sex industry businesses in Shinjuku’s Kabuki-cho last year, there have been voices of concern about whether or not the neighborhood will lose its…

Cabaret Club Girls in Japan: All You Ever Wanted To Know

The publication of the magazine Koakuma Ageha in 2005 sent a shock-wave through Japanese society: when did cabaret-club hostesses become socially accepted to the degree that they have their own…

Hosts and Hostesses: Some thoughts on Hiroko Tabuchi's great article

Tabuchi-san wrote an interesting piece about the resurgent popularity of hostess jobs in Japan in the New York Times last week. I contributed a commentary to the debate blog about…

Amazon Japan Says Goodbye to Covert Child Porn

In the Empire of Child Pornography: AMAZON JAPAN REMOVES CHILD PORN FROM THEIR WEBSITE  May 2009 by Jake Adelstein and Polaris Project Japan “Idols” in Japan refer to pin-up girls,…

"Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation in Japan. The New Victims: Japanese Teenagers"

Japanese female teenagers are being used to replace foreign women in the sex-trafficking industry, possibly as a result of crackdowns by the Japanese government against the exploitation of foreign women…

Human Trafficking In Japan: An Older Report But Still Worth Reading

From 2006 to 2007, I worked on US State Department sponsored project to study human trafficking in Japan, and contributed a large portion of the final report. At the time,…

Silence Broken: The Plight Of The Comfort Women

Former Comfort Women Await Justice  Adair K. Fincher, September 25, 2008  (This is a well-researched article about the women who were forced to work as sexual slaves by the Japanese Army…

Prostitution isn't just for Professionals anymore! How to find a high-paying job in Japan's Sex Industry.

In Japan, prostitution isn’t just for professionals anymore. The quasi-legal sex industry in Japan is estimated to be a multi-billion dollar market and all signs indicate that it continues to…