Is Japan turning a blind eye to paedophilia?

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    Is Japan turning a blind eye to paedophilia?

    by Ciaran Varley | 7 March 2018

    Warning: Contains content you may find disturbing

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    There’s a street in Tokyo known as "JK alley", or "schoolgirl alley", from the Japanese Joshi Kosei, meaning high school girl.

    There, teenagers in school uniform sell their time to passers-by, while their minders hover in the background.

    Men pay to hold hands, go for a walk or have a cup of coffee with the girls. Some even pay to sleep on a girl's lap.

    This is all legitimate, above board and legal.

    Japan is also home to 300 "JK cafes", where adult men pay to hang out with underage girls (the age of consent in Japan is 18).

    In the new BBC Three documentary, Young Sex For Sale in Japan, Stacey Dooley visits a JK cafe in Tokyo.

    “In this bar, £35 will get you forty minutes with a girl of your choice and unlimited booze,” she says.

    In some cafes, men can also pay for "walking dates" – time with the girls away from the cafe. What happens in that time is up to the girls and their clients.

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    One customer shows Stacey his favourite girl, a 17-year-old with long, light brown hair and a thick fringe. He likes her “because she’s good at talking dirty, but she pretends to be pure”.

    Another customer tells Stacey, “the age gap thing for some people is off-putting but, in Japan, maybe it’s our culture - our attitude is quite different”.

    It’s estimated that nearly 5000 genuine schoolgirls work in these (legal) cafes in Japan.

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    Until 2014 child pornography was legal to own in Japan. The law has changed, but the sexualisation of minors continues.

    "Chaku Ero", which means "erotically clothed" is a kind of soft porn - it doesn’t involve nudity, but it can get very, very close and is often overtly sexual.

    Stacey asks a Chaku Ero producer (who wanted to remain anonymous) how young the girls in his shoots are.

    “My youngest was six years old,” he says. “We filmed her in her bathing costume playing with some toys. Her mum was standing behind the camera holding her favourite toy so she would face the camera.”

    He makes much more money filming children than older girls. The DVD of the six-year-old made him “four million (£28,500) or five million yen (£35,500),” he says. “The senior high school girls will make about one million (£7000)”.

    When Stacey asks how he would feel if someone had shot his own 16-year-old daughter the way he shot that six-year-old girl, he pauses.

    “I would force both of us to commit a joint suicide,” he says.

    “Are you serious?” Stacey asks him.

    “Yes."

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    As long as Chaku Ero photos don’t show the child’s naked genitals, buttocks or chest, it isn’t categorised as child pornography.

    But, according to Kazuko Ito, a Human Rights Lawyer who is trying to challenge this definition, “Chaku Ero is child pornography. That’s the reality.”

    Owning child pornography became illegal in Japan in June 2014. In the 12 months between July 2015 and July 2016, there were 37 cases sent to public prosecutors on grounds of owning this material.

    In the UK, in 2015 and 2016, there were more than 5000 arrests for possession, with 481 found guilty.

    Why is there such a massive gulf?

    Under Japanese law, when they find an abusive image, they need to identify the child, confirm they are underage and, in order for an investigation to proceed, the victim has to bring charges. Arrests will only be made if the evidence against the perpetrator can guarantee a conviction, so it’s a lot tougher to prosecute than in the UK.

    Perhaps one thing that Westerners may notice is a different attitude to young girls. As Stacey says, “one of the things that slaps you in the face when you arrive in Japan is their obsession with everything cute”.

    She believes there is an issue that goes “much deeper than child porn”.

    Domestic sales of manga comics topped over £2 billion in Japan in 2015.

    "Lolicon" (short for "Lolita complex") is the Japanese term for manga and anime featuring sexually explicit images of children. It can involve extreme violence, rape and incest.

    Comics with these types of abusive images have been banned in the UK.

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    The Japanese Government tried to ban these images too, but artists and publishers resisted on the grounds of free speech. Dan Kanemitsu is one of those who argues against the ban. He’s spent 20 years translating Japanese manga.

    “There is a child being harmed, on the one hand, and then there is a depiction of a child being harmed. There is a big difference between the two,” he says.

    He disagrees with the idea that this kind of material could normalise the sexual abuse of children in Japan and even argues that the comics provide a “venting mechanism” for those with paedophilic fantasies.

    Either way, steps are being taken to change things.

    The head of the juvenile section at Japan’s National Police Agency says that JK cafes will no longer be able to have girls under eighteen serving customers (but that doesn’t mean they won’t still be dressed as schoolgirls).

    With laws around around Chaku Ero, JK cafes and sexually explicit manga continuing to inhabit a grey area, you have to ask, is Japan turning a blind eye to paedophilia?

    Watch Stacey Dooley Investigates: Young Sex For Sale in Japan on iPlayer.

    If you have been affected with issues raised in this article, help and advice is available here.

    Originally published 3 March 2017.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcthree/article/57eaaf23-0cef-48c8-961f-41f2563b38aa
     
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    This is messed up:confused:
     
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    this is vile.

    also fuck that mother for doing that to her daughter. disgusting.
     
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    The age of consent is 13 even worse
     
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    Kiddie porn only became illegal in 2014.....
     
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    As an anime fan, it's not a mystery that Japan seems to have an unhealthy obsession with the young and vulnerable.
     
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    Why is pedophilia common in Japan?

    https://www.quora.com/Why-is-pedophilia-common-in-Japan

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    Paul Lashomb, Graduate Student Teachers Assistant at Baylor University (2016-present)
    Answered Dec 29 2017 · Author has 328 answers and 372k answer views

    I think one of the common answers will be that child pornography in Japan isn’t nearly as taboo as it is in other countries. I would disagree, as well, with those who argue that it’s due to it being “male dominated” as there are many countries where the government is primarily male, yet there are still laws against child pornography, so I don’t think this is the cause. However, I also have my own theory as to why it’s so common.

    I believe that it’s partially due to the work culture in Japan. In Japan, there is a specific word for people who work themselves to death because it actually happens. Work weeks of around 80 hours are not unheard of. I believe this is also the cause of the hikkikomori — individuals that their lives completely cut off from society, choosing instead to live in their homes and never leave unless to a convenience store at night if absolutely necessary — as I think this is a reaction to the insane work environment. However, in regards to child pornography, I think it’s also related, as well. A lot of Japanese males look back on their high school days with a lot of fondness. For them, it was the happiest part of their lives and the look back on it as a comfort to help them get through the harsh reality that they live in currently such as their boss’s extreme expectations, “messy” relationships — I’ve seen lots of interviews where Japanese people didn’t have interest in relationships because they believed that they were too “messy” and I think it’s indicative of the dating culture there —, and their own insecurities and feeling like they can’t have any success with women. I think what a lot of these games, manga, anime, etc. all offer is a “second chance”, if you will, to dating. I think this is the reason why high school romance animes are so popular and why moe is such a huge thing. I think the “romance” part of them never moved away from the high school stage. They still long to date that cute girl that they sat across from but never had the guts to ask out because they believed they weren’t attractive enough for her or something. They look back to those days with fond memories and, I think it’s for that reason that high school romance anime, games, etc. are so popular. Pedophilia material is just an easier way to project yourself into the material and believe you’re there. I think it’s largely just because their emotional/romantic needs had never been met and they simply cut them off after graduation never to consider them again. I think the whole pedophilia thing is just a manifestation of what’s still there inside waiting for them to continue developing in. I think that this agrees with some of the sentiment about relationships being “too messy” because, in high school, they’re a lot more simple, in many ways. Sure there’s a lot of drama, but there’s little to no responsibility in it. That responsibility I think is what makes it seem “messy” to people and you also get the law involved, as well. So, if you marry someone and they want a divorce, then there’s a ton of crap to have to get through and it’s very messy. With younger girls, you don’t have to deal with that sort of thing. I guess in some ways, it’s a bit like a fantasy that they had when they were in high school, but that stayed with them and they never grew out of because they were never able to live it out and see that it’s less special than their fantasy would have them believe — which is always the case for any fantasy.

    tl;dr

    I would argue that it’s due to extreme pressure from work, adult relationships, etc. that make the fantasies that they had as a kid in high school — the happiest time of their lives, according to many Japanese individuals — that have stuck with them remain so attractive and such a comfort. It’s a mix of a romantic fantasy that they weren’t able to live out in their high school years and it never changed for them as well as something that’s comforting because high school is looked back upon with great fondness. Mixing the two together gives you pedophilia as they, of course, have grown old but still have the “heart” of a high school student who still longs for love that they never got.


    Pietro Uni, is a video game design student and loves music, movies and tech.
    Answered May 7, 2016

    There's a pretty great article written for Time magazine that explains japan's problem with pedophiles. I'll try to summarize as best I can:

    Legal age of consent

    "We're asked by international police to help arrest child pornographers, but there's nothing we can do", says Goto, deputy director of the National Police Agency's community safety bureau. Japan's criminal law prohibits sex with minors, but a minor is defined as someone age 12 or younger, and the only act specifically outlawed is sexual intercourse. Taking lewd pictures of children is permissible. Some pornography--both with adults and children--is banned under an obscenity code, but only if it explicitly shows genitalia.

    Preventing people from getting their hands on pornography doesn't seem to be much of a threat right now. The country is awash in child porn, and there's little attempt at hiding it. Subway riders peruse pornographic comics that are explicit, graphic and sometimes violent in their depiction of young girls. Porn outlets dot the landscape of Japanese cities, and even mainstream book shops, newsstands and convenience stores sell explicit material. General interest magazines and newspapers also feature erotic photography, as well as advertisements for sex shops and escorts.

    Japan's Leadership

    The common explanation for Japan's tolerance of child porn is that the country is run by a clique of old men with little sensitivity toward women and children. But it's not just old men who are involved. Most of our customers are in their 30s, says Seiji Wasaki, 27, a clerk in a porn shop in Tokyo's Shinjuku entertainment district. Parliament member Edano, at 34 one of Japan's youngest politicians, views it as a matter of choice. You can't neglect the fact that some high school girls quite willingly do this, he says. If the girl and the man agree to exchange money for sex, and if it's really her will, then it is completely the act of individuals and shouldn't be regulated. The problem, Edano says, is that the girls haven't been properly educated to make an informed decision. A man who frequents teen prostitutes (and who prefers not to be identified) claims that two years ago, the going rate for sex with a 16-year-old girl was $250. Today, men want younger partners. A tryst with a 12-year-old costs more than $400.

    There's another theory for the obsession with pedophilia: that Japanese men feel threatened by adult women. Many men are incapable of relating to adult women on an equal stance, says Yukihiro Murase, a professor of human sexuality at Tokyo's Hitotsubashi University. Whatever the explanation, it won't be easy getting a tough law against child porn through the male-dominated parliament. In fact, a similar effort failed last year. But the exposure of Japan's child porn on the Internet may serve a useful purpose for cracking down on this shameful trade, for it has brought the smut out of the insular world of Japan for all the world to see. We feel embarrassed, says parliament member Moriyama. So now we want to hurry up and do something.

    You can read the full article here: Breaking News, Analysis, Politics, Blogs, News Photos, Video, Tech Reviews - TIME.com


    Lizi Zhu, PhD Quantitative Fiance Portfolio Managment Fixed Income & Physics, Illinois Institute of Technology Chicag...
    Answered May 2, 2018

    I don’t think Japanese in particular have a concept of pedophile. They are not super pro a culture of getting sexually involved with teen or even kids, but they don’t seem to be against that either. I used to live in Japan and worked in a lab. One of my colleges, well in his mid-20s, had a collection of posters of 12 year old anime girls in shockingly revealing dress posing in a very suggestive posture spread out on the wall of his office. He was a PhD. No one would even act uncomfortable around his office. To answer your question, I suppose Japanese tend to equate kids to adult, especially in an anime setting, so that it’s okay for kids to do anything and it’s okay for one to do anything with them. I mean anything.
     
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    I am more sad by the fact the women, considering she is a female, earned money by selling her own daughter :(. This is what patriarchal society has done to women.
     
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    sounds like a shithole of a country
     

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