Japan’s syphilis problem continues to worsen with highest numbers ever reported in 2017

Omotenashi indeed. Japan is still losing the fight against sexually transmitted diseases and infections, it seems, judging from the last syphilis figures that were announced at the start of the year.

In an uncanny, somewhat depressing repetition of a similar report from January last year, the syphilis epidemic shows no signs of slowing. In fact, it’s getting worse.

The number of syphilis patients reported in 2017 topped 5,000 — the first time it had hit such a level since records began.

The National Institute of Infectious Diseases has revealed that 2017 featured the worst data since comparable data became available in 1999 (which is late in its own right, perhaps suggesting how the problem has been allowed to grow through neglect). The numbers are worst for women in their twenties and, in terms of areas, Tokyo was responsible for 30% of the reported patients, though statistically this shouldn’t be surprising.

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The Tokyo metropolitan government has responded with more training for doctors and extra funding for free syphilis tests from April, hoping that if women are encouraged to get tested they can contain the spread. While the media has echoed the research center’s line that the cause behind the rise is not known, the real cause is surely simple enough, as with all sexually transmitted diseases: people don’t use contraception. It’s a shame, of course, since Japan has some great condoms.

As of December 17th, 2017, the total number of syphilis patients in Japan was 5,534 — an increase of over 1,000 since 2016. Tokyo reported the largest number at 1,705, followed by Osaka Prefecture at 788 (quite a number when we consider that Osaka is so much smaller than Tokyo), Aichi Prefecture at 325, and Kanagawa Prefecture at 312.

Apparently the authorities are worried about the impact on the 2020 Olympics, when the city will host thousands of horny athletes and staff members eager to hook up with locals or each other. A lot of sex goes on in the Olympic Village after the competitions are over. If things don’t get under control, the visitors may go home with another kind of medal entirely.

So be careful what you wish for: that cute girl in the Shibuya bar might be carrying something more than just her Japanese beauty.

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Cosplay superstar Enako fans delight at chance to hug her dakimakura

Enako is one of the most popular (and diminutive) cosplayers in Japan. Her legions of male fans will do a lot and pay a lot to take her photographs, buy her merchandise, and admire her latest poses.

And now they can get a little bit closer to their goddess. Or at least, they could.

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At the December edition of Comiket (Comic Market) in Tokyo, Enako’s own (almost life-sized) dakimakura hug pillow was on sale at the Animate Group Booth.

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The dakimakura was priced at the reasonable ¥12,000 before tax, available on on a first-come, first-served basis. The pillow measures a 160cm (5.3 feet), which is actually a little taller than the star herself, who is a mere 153cm (5 feet) in height.

How does it compare with the real thing?

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Now all you need is an onahole toy and you can enjoy some intimate times with Enako.

Sadly we can’t seem to confirm if the pillow is available for retail beyond the original Comiket event. If you’re keen on getting your hands on it, we recommend asking Kanojo Toys, who ship Japanese adult toys worldwide.

Enako may well still be in her early twenties, but, thanks no doubt to these kinds of gimmicks, the professional cosplayer is apparently earning up to ¥1 million (approximately $9,000) a month. Not bad at all!

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Japanese adult video actresses to stop sales of porn after five years

Evidently in response to the coercion scandals that have hit Japanese pornography recent, the Adult Video Human Rights Organization has proposed a new guideline for AV production and distribution companies allowing actresses to halt the sale of their films or use of footage of their videos after they have been on sale for five years.

The guideline will come into effect from April 1st, 2018 — not because it is April Fool’s Day but because April marks the start of the new fiscal year in Japan. There is no government or state pressure in regards to the guideline, so it is unsure how many, if any, companies will comply.

Naturally this is a rather nominal move for the performers involved, if they are genuinely concerned about their pasts catching up with them when they decide to retire from AV. The majority of AV releases sell relatively few DVDs and are actually withdrawn from the commercial market after a while, though they may still be listed on retailer websites. Only a few become long-running bestsellers. And then there are clips and images online as well as pirate versions floating around beyond the control of anyone. Quite what practical difference this guideline can make is debatable, though it might offer performers a stronger mental sense of security when considering their future.

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As shown by the recent case of Sola Aoi, the most high-profile AV star in recent years, it is possible to build a successful career after leaving porn and even find marital happiness with someone outside the industry.

In an effort to increase transparency between producers and performers, letters of intent and other related documents for performer contracts will also now be stored by AVAN, the new AV performer rights’ group formed by former porn actress Mariko Kawana.

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Former Japanese porn star Sola Aoi shocks fans with surprise marriage

There comes a point in every Japanese porn star fan’s life when he (or she) has to accept the facts of reality.

Their favorite adult video idol will, at some point, retire from the industry, most likely into obscurity. Or they get married (at least, they do the rare thing of announcing this publicly while still famous).

Such is the case with Sola Aoi, the immensely popular JAV star who enjoys remarkable fame overseas.

Sola (or Sora) has not made an original porn release since 2011 but is still adored by legions of men, especially in China. Now, sadly, there is further obstacle between them and their goddess: the legal one of matrimony.

The 34-year-old Sola Aoi has got married, she announced on Instagram to her army of fans. Proving once again that the best way to get girls is to be a musician, her lucky new husband is the Japanese DJ Non.

They look like a relaxed, regular couple. It begs the question, though: did he spend years getting off on her AV before experiencing the real thing? And at the risk of being crude: does he mind going where so many other men have already gone before, not to mention hundreds of thousands have fantasized about going? Evidently not.

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In addition to the wedding bells, from Sola’s hints we can probably expect the pitter-patter of tiny feet soon…

Aoi wrote on her blog on January 2nd: “I’ve always wanted to get married. I love kids and it’s always dreamed of starting a family… My husband is neither handsome nor rich, but he has removed all of my unease about my career in adult films.”

The marriage has garnered some mainstream media coverage. As always, we are amused to see Aoi labelled a “sexy actress” — the usual Japanese media euphemism for AV performer.

We wish the new couple all the happiness they deserve in their new life together.

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First look at second porn release from newly turned adult video star Miu Nakamura

Idol Miu Nakamura’s adult video debut was one of the most exciting of 2017 and we have been looking forward to her second porn release for months.

It’s finally here and our anticipation was not in vain. The slinky, flat-chested 26-year-old former idol — no stranger to doing to full-frontal nude shoots even before she joined Muteki’s roster of porn talent — has now released a new AV from the label Moodyz. The 239-minute epic (MIDE00502, Saikourin) came out on New Year’s Day, or a few days before for the digital version.

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It features four sessions of nakadashi sex (apparently Miu’s first experience of creampie, at least on camera), including a threesome.

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Miu, what a trooper! Let’s hope your partnership with Moodyz proves fruitful for everyone.

Start 2018 the way you intend to continue with the rest of the year!

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Ranking the worst Japanese train stations and prefectures for perverts

Being of that kind of mind, the Japan Suspicious Person Information Centre (JASPIC) conducted a seven-month study on “perverts” based on reports from police and municipalities. The Japanese term here is fushinsha, a “suspicious person.” This, though, does not refer to spies or would-be thieves, but voyeurs, flashers and chikan (gropers).

JASPIC reports that 11,607 incidents were officially recorded from March to October this year, and of these 4,487 — around 40% — were in the vicinity of train stations.

Naturally, there are a lot of stations in Japan and most of the 4,487 are spread over the whole nation.

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The following 25 stations, however, were identified as the most notorious for “suspicious persons” because they got a whopping nine reports each.

Shin-Sapporo (Hokkaido Prefecture)
Nagamachi-Minami (Miyagi Prefecture)
Maebashi (Gunma Prefecture)
Higashi-Omiya (Saitama Prefecture)
Miyahara (Saitama Prefecture)
Kami-Fukuoka (Saitama Prefecture)
Kita-Toda (Saitama Prefecture)
Kasukabe (Saitama Prefecture)
Tokorozawa (Saitama Prefecture)
Shiki (Saitama Prefecture)
Tozuka-Angyo (Saitama Prefecture)
Nishi-Kawaguchi (Saitama Prefecture)
Honjo (Saitama Prefecture)
Ikuta (Kanagawa Prefecture)
Noborito (Kanagawa Prefecture)
Mukogaoka-Yuen (Kanagawa Prefecture)
Shizuoka (Shizuoka Prefecture)
Hamamatsu (Shizuoka Prefecture)
Komyoike (Osaka Prefecture)
Yamato-Saidaiji (Nara Prefecture)
Kobe-Sannomiya (Hyogo Prefecture)
Himeji (Hyogo Prefecture)
Okayama (Okayama Prefecture)
Hiroshima (Hiroshima Prefecture)
Meinohama (Fukuoka Prefecture)

So if you want to spot voyeurs, flashers or gropers, try those stations and you are more likely to be in “luck.”

Compiled as a ranking by prefecture, we can see where the most “suspicious” persons lurk based on reports.

1. Saitama (1,711)

2. Osaka (1,227)

3. Aichi (989)

4. Tokyo (969)

5. Hyogo (923)

6. Hokkaido (717)

7. Shizuoka (687)

8. Kanagawa (537)

9. Fukuoka (508)

10. Miyagi (426)

11. Hiroshima (382)

12. Kyoto (362)

13. Chiba (241)

14. Okayama (149)

There is also a list for stations in Tokyo. Surprisingly, they are local stations in the east of the city, not the big and busy places that you might think would have incidents due to the sheer numbers of passengers. That being said, the quieter stations also offer better ways to get away without witnesses.

Akitsu, Higashimurayma City (8 reports)
Kita-Senju, Adachi Ward (7 reports)
Hachioji, Hachioji City (6 reports)
Araiyakushi-Mae, Nakano Ward (6 reports)
Higashi-Jujo, Kita Ward (6 reports)
Jujo, Kita Ward (6 reports)
Umejima, Adachi Ward (6 reports)
Mizue, Edogawa Ward (6 reports)
Ogikubo, Suginami Ward (6 reports)
Nishi-Kasai, Edogawa Ward (6 reports)

The ranking of stations and prefectures has provoked both amusement and outrage online.

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As Mai Ozora makes porn debut as Kana Minami, we ask: Whatever happens to Japan’s junior idols?

Whatever happens to Japan’s junior idols?

This is a controversial topic. Many find the idea of junior idols (or chidol) — girls often as young as their tweens or even younger — repellent and tantamount to encouraging pedophilia in the same way as lolicon.

However, it’s worth remembering that many gravure idols start their careers in their late teens and are technically below the age of adulthood in Japan (20 years old). So it’s not all about the specific genre of junior idols and things are very ambiguous when you start looking around.

After all, many music idols from groups like AKB48 or Momoiro Clover Z would also qualify as chidols in terms of age and some of photo shoots they take part in.

Some junior idols successfully “graduated” and have gone onto further careers as music idols (perhaps most famously, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu), gravure models, acting, and so on. Most, of course, just disappear into the ether, never to be seen again except for a few dog-eared photo books that do the rounds of online auctions.

Some become adult video stars and a few of these are at least known, though names are usually changed. One prominent recent example is Kana Minami — and what a young lady the Okinawa native has grown up to be!

Minami has just made her debut on S1 label in a release (SSNI00087) this month. Another DVD with a threesome theme is also set to come out in February. Interestingly, the first release is unashamedly playing up to her past as a junior idol in how she is presented, but the second one seems more mature in terms of what she is doing with her body.

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We’re still not sure how old she is these days but we love her tanned skin. In our humble opinions, she certainly looks sexier than she did as childol Mai Ozora (大空舞), whose “image DVDs” and other old merchandise changes hands online for thousands of yen.

For comparison’s sake, this is how she used to look in her earlier career.

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