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Japan's curb on porn magazines in convenience stores helps fight 'degrading' sex work

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Magazines ???

It's all on the internet for free.

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Now that the world is coming to visit Japan Inc. cares

how about rubbish bins and sidewalk benches while you are at it?

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It might shock Ben to know that prostitution is rife in Japan where whole neighborhoods and even out of the way villages are just one big brothel.

The root cause of prostitution for many in Japan (not all) is the desire to purchase luxury goods and to earn money many times over that of a 9-5 job.

Manga in shops according to Caroline Norma pushes 500 girls into the sex industry-really?

If that is the case why are there so many prostitutes in Thailand?

A country that doesn’t have an erotic manga industry!

This article is laughable.

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Te Yokyo Reporter has an article about ar touts in Kyoto forcing 260 girls into prostitution to pay off bar debt. The criminal touts over charged them and pushed tem into sex for money with customers at a local sex shop. The touts worked on commission.

Magazines arent much of a threat when there are plent of gangs to force girls into prostitution.

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"This is certainly a welcome move," Kanae Doi, Japan director of the non-profit Human Rights Watch, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by phone from Tokyo.

> "It has been very shameful ... you can see pornography everywhere in Japan. Women are still seen as sex objects and not treated equally," she added.

I agree. Good on 7-11 and Lawson for taking this action. I know which conbinis I will be frequenting with my 2 young children from now on..

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Porno mags don't cause prostitution. Desperate necessity for money does.

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Now that the world is coming to visit Japan Inc. cares

I don’t know if you know this or not, but most changes in the world tend to happen because the world becomes more aware of it. Some countries take longer to change than others.

Instead of making light of the steps being taken, we should focus more on the positives that these steps are being taken. Mindset is one the most difficult things to change. That is why it is difficult for cultures that have been in place for thousands of years to change.

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to clean up their image ahead of the 2019 Rugby World Cup and next year's Tokyo Olympics.

Hurry! Let's try looking good before everyone gets in here. 

That aside, this is a good move, tho. Porn magazines don't have a place at convenience stores, specifically right next to every single ATM.

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kurisupisuToday 07:44 am JST

It might shock Ben to know that prostitution is rife in Japan where whole neighborhoods and even out of the way villages are just one big brothel.

The root cause of prostitution for many in Japan (not all) is the desire to purchase luxury goods and to earn money many times over that of a 9-5 job.

Manga in shops according to Caroline Norma pushes 500 girls into the sex industry-really?

If that is the case why are there so many prostitutes in Thailand?

A country that doesn’t have an erotic manga industry!

This article is laughable.

This guy is spot on, don't believe him or me then watch the following Japanese women see prostitution as easy compared to a normal day job

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=woDa61HTdB4&t=112s

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I'm old enough to remember when after decades of censorship, the ability to buy pornography was seen as a liberation, not an embarrassment.

I don't believe the prevailing narrative that pornography = degradation for women. That said, I admit to being slightly shocked when I first came to Japan and saw all the girlie mags more or less on open display in konbinis - I agree that's not the right place for them. In Australia we used to lock them away in special stores for that purpose. But they're all gone now - victims, as other posters have said, of the internet.

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Ridiculous article.  The magazines in conbinis are tame compared to what is on the web or for sale in Akiba.  and mags don't drive the sex trade.  Point made above about Thailand (and indeed Indonesia and China) is spot on.  Yes, plenty of women here would rather earn money for performing sexual acts than work in some low paying job where they are treated like slaves.

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On the issue of the article, it is the custom over here to not display pornographic magazines where they are easily accessible to children. That is what I am used to. Don't know how it is done in Japan.

On the issue of prostitution, I am conflicted. I suspect that many women engage in the practice who have a very negative experience. On the other hand, my only experience with it has been neutral. I met a very nice young woman as a freshman at uni who could not afford the expenses. She allowed herself to be "kept" by an older man during her time at college, as a way to pay for things. Eventually she became a public school teacher, and no longer needed "prostitution."

I knew another woman who also came from a less than rich background who needed money during her grad-school days. She made good money in porn movies, eventually got her PhD in psychology, and then supported herself working as a psychologist. She even published a book.

We actually had a Nisei relative who worked as a prostitute for ten years in New York City. She made very good money, then ended up moving to Germany and settling down with a husband over there.

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Widespread pornography in Japan is pushing some 500 women into the sex industry each year

What a load of tosh from a woman with an agenda and a superficial view of Japan. There is exactly zero evidence for this statement. There are many places in the world where printed pornography is virtually non-existent and yet women are literally treated as chattel.

Convenience stores can do what they want, but this article is nonsense.

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"Women are still seen as sex objects and not treated equally," she added."

Apparently, she hasn't seen any BL. Sx objects for both men and women...equality ;)=

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1glenn:

Indeed any govt that charges tuition for a life-changing degree (lawyer, doctor, etc) should blame themselves that women must do this (men don't have such luck). Further, isn't it the woman's choice what to with her body (ie abortion)? How can one be pro-choice for abortion but not pro-choice for prostitution? We need to regulate and bring into the light.

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No crackdown on the yakuza who force innocent women to such work or via loan sharks or the shady scouts that brainwash women for modelling jobs that turn into porn also...

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