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.