JAPAN AND THE PORN INDUSTRY

 

Japan pornography is a multibillion-dollars industry and plays a significant role in the country’s economy, but still, people knows very little about its dark side, at least until now. A new report about the Japan’s pornography industry just shocked the world and raised the alarm human rights violations.

 

 

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Recently, the Tokyo Police arrested the president and executives of a well-known talent agency on suspicion of coercing a 20-year-old actress to play in a porn film in 2013.

Having a dream to become a star some days, the young girl signed a contract with the company as a model in 2009, but her world turned quickly into hell when the company obliged her to turn in porn films threaten her to pay million of yen in penalties for contract violation. She had no choice and turned in more than 100 adult films in 2013 until she was able to cancel the contract in 2014.

This problem isn’t new. Japan releases some 30,000 adult films annually, according to industry figures. Sex in Japan is stigmatized, and there is no specific legislation in place to protect women from bein coerced, or tricked by agents and every adult movie company has its own rules…

 

 

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A Japanese non-profit group, Lighthouse, work to stop human trafficking in Japan. More than 60 actresses tried to escape the business and contacted them in the first half of 2016. ‘We think this is just the tip of the iceberg,’ Aiki Segawa, the spokesperson of Lighthouse said. “Victims are talked into signing things like a fashion modeling contract, or they are told they are going to be acting in a film,” Fujiwara Shihoko another representative from Lighthouse says. “When they turn up on set, however, they are given a porn script and informed that it is a porn shoot. They beg to quit or to go home, but the producers or studios threaten to charge them with millions of yen in penalties for ‘contract violations.’ They are used and disposed of like products, with long-lasting consequences for their schooling, careers, and marriages.”

 

 

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Legal actions start now to be taken against these imposters. The Tokyo District Court, last year, squashed an agency’s attempt to extract a 24 million yen penalty from a woman, who had refused to appear in porn films. It was hailed as a rare legal victory. There is still a long way to go… Let’s hope Japan government will take the next step soon to protect women working in the porn industry, and preferably sooner than later. In the meantimes, a lot of women are stuck in this nightmare and often don’t know the way to cope with life anymore.

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