One Thing You Must Not Buy (or buy into) in Japan

While many industrialized countries have sex industries most prefer to keep such activities behind the scenes.  Japan doesn’t bother  nor or do they mind going below the line.  

The line we are talking about here is the reasonable age that most of the modern world has accepted children become adults– that is 18 years. You see, in Japan there is an open market for underage girls…a right-out-in-the-open-under-your-nose-market. Which means, of course, there is significant demand.

And while there may be a segment of the population in first world countries that prefers underage girls it certainly isn’t the majority. And no one raised in any modern culture would, in their right mind, admit to having such desires as they are considered taboo and deviant to say the least.  In Japan, however, animism rules and lusting after a beautiful young thing is considered a perfectly normal fantasy.  And trees talk.

Travelers and Japanophiles beware. The Japanese will bold-faced flaunt their lust for underage idols on billboards, in cafes and convenience stores hoping you think their offerings are worth a purchase.  After all, isn’t the human from in its most perfect state before it goes to seed?

While you might choose to turn away and chalk up all that you see on the streets of Japan to exotic culture, you should ask yourself whether the commodification of girls and young women is something that should be so normalized as to exist in your face around every corner? Is it good for their girls? Is it good for women in general?

Whether you are just passing through Japan, visit frequently or live there, I implore you to speak up as you are able.  Mention it to the people in charge of the various establishments you patronize or pass by.  Only then will the Japanese perhaps begin to  see that what they have normalized isn’t really normal.  It is up to world citizens to raise the issue as we generally unafraid of being “driven down” or “sticking out” (…a reference to the Japanese staying that “a nail that sticks out must be driven down.”)  

Japanese child idolization isn’t cute. Don’t buy it; and don’t for a minute tolerate it.  Please read the article below about one tourist-parent who chose to speak up when she found adult video advertisements (appearing to feature underage girls) openly displayed in her family’s hotel room.  

Japan Times Article





6 thoughts on “One Thing You Must Not Buy (or buy into) in Japan

  1. I just found your blog! I too was absolutely horrified by that article in Japan Times and even more horrified by the comments! I agree with you that we need to keep the pressure on Japan to change their ways and we know our efforts can make a difference, because Japan was forced to finally make possession of child pornography illegal due to all the international pressure. Let’s keep the pressure on to get rid of this evil chakuero stuff next! Great work!!!

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    • Thank you so much Tashida! Our family was affected by this part of the culture in that I was told that it is all normal and as it was everywhere I naively accepted the explanation that it was harmless fantasy and nothing to do with reality but this ended up to be false. Tragedy occurred. Our story is detailed in The Six Foot Bonsai.”


  2. I call Japan, my homeland, to be “The Land of Many Contradictions”. When I am ready, I would like to write a blog post on the topic. When I was in early 20s and was working in Japan, I remember getting so many rude comments from other men who were educated and held respectable jobs. I didn’t know any better to fight back, or fighting back was such an unfeminine thing that were totally discouraged. In a way, things have not made progress in their minds.

    I think Japan needs more women as policy makers to make any progress in this regard. Also, the young generations need to be brought up with newly enlightened sensitivities.


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