Schoolgirls for Sale in Japan | Summary and Q&A

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Schoolgirls for Sale in Japan

TL;DR

Japan's "JK culture" involves the sexual exploitation of young schoolgirls who are sold for various services in a thriving business.

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Key Insights

  • 📍 The Akihabara neighborhood in central Tokyo is the epicenter of "JK" or schoolgirl culture, which is a booming business in Japan.
  • 🎤 Schoolgirls are selling various services, such as fortune telling and walks with clients, under the watch of men who appear to be their bosses.
  • 🚫 Filming on the public street is permitted as long as the girls are not filmed.
  • 🎶 JK bands consisting of school-age girls perform to packed houses of mostly older men.
  • 💰 Many JK fans have a favorite girl and are fiercely devoted to her, often paying for the opportunity to interact with her after the show.
  • 🌃 Love Hotel Hill is a popular destination for JKs and their "ossan" clients (older men), suggesting a connection to prostitution.
  • ⚠️ JK walking dates are often fronts for underage prostitution, according to a report on human trafficking in Japan.
  • 💡 To address the exploitation of schoolgirls, Japan needs better support systems for runaways and abused children, as well as an emphasis on gender equality and living up to international agreements on human rights.

Transcript

Narrator: Japan has an incredible tolerance for the sexual exploitation of young girls. Host: If somebody asked you what your job description was, what would you tell them? SCHOOLGIRLS FOR SALE ~Light Music~ Host: This is the Akihabara neighborhood in central Tokyo, and it's ground zero for "JK". Which is what the Japanese call "schoolgirl culture... Read More

Questions & Answers

Q: How did Japan's JK culture evolve from its beginnings in the 90's?

JK culture started with compensated dating, where older men paid money for walks or conversation with young girls.

Q: Are all men who pay for time with young schoolgirls perverts?

Not every single man who pays for time with young girls wants to sleep with them or is a pervert, but a majority might be.

Q: What can the government do to address the schoolgirl culture in Japan?

While raids on JK businesses have recently begun, there needs to be more education and initiatives to empower women and change societal perceptions of them as sexual commodities.

Q: What are the consequences of the shame-based culture in Japan for exploited JK girls?

Many JK girls would rather go hungry and into hiding than seek help from family or friends due to the fear of letting them down.

Q: Should other cultures impose their ideals on Japan regarding the exploitation of schoolgirls?

Japan has committed to international agreements against human trafficking and equality for men and women, so it is not imposing puritanical ideals but asking Japan to live up to its own agreements.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • "JK" stands for "high school girl" and in the Akihabara neighborhood of Tokyo, they sell various services under the watch of men who appear to be their bosses.

  • JK culture started with compensated dating in the 90's, where older men paid money to spend time with young girls for walks or conversation, but it has evolved into a darker and lucrative business.

  • While there are organized cases of girls being exploited by criminal groups, there is also a grey area where not all men who pay for time with young girls are perverts.

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