|The story below is originally published on Mainichi Daily News by Mainichi Shinbun (http://mdn.mainichi.jp).|
|They admitted inventing its kinky features, or rather deliberately mistranslating them from the original gossip magazine.|
|In fact, this is far from the general Japanese' behavior or sense of worth.|
Campus Confidential: Co-eds collect currency conducting extracurricular coitus 2008,01,09
Jitsuwa Taiho February By Masuo Kamiyama
"If you only count those who did one-time gigs, I'd say about 50 percent of female college students have engaged in 'enko,'" a 20-year-old university student whispers to a reporter for Jitsuwa Taiho (February).
"Certainly among the gals I hang out with, it's 100 percent."
"Enko," for the uninitiated, is shorthand for "enjo-kosai," literally "compensated dating," a well known euphemism for amateur prostitution.
When a buddy told the reporter that college girls had set up a club and were peddling it from a room on their campus,he was eager to bang out a story on campus beaver.
You might even say his is a perfect case of Tai-ho, Tai-ho,and it's off to play we go.
The reporter's source was a 35-year-old salaryman named Atsushi, who happens to be the "sefure" (sex friend) of Kaori, a bouncy 20-year-old college sophomore.
"I know she's been hooking on the side. But she doesn't charge me for it," Akira chuckles.
Kaori confides to the reporter that her extracurricular circle at her school, a well-known private institution in Tokyo,numbers about two dozen members.
After gaining an introduction, Jitsuwa Taiho's middle-aged reporter infiltrated Kaori's campus for a closer check of the location from where the circle operates.
With professors, staff and visitors of a wide range of ages mixed in with the student population, he was relieved that he did not stand out from the crowd at all.
Here, he is shown files containing the girls' photos and profiles -- including such intimate details as the location of their erogenous zones and facts re their favorite fetishes.
The data is assembled into a album, which the customer, after paying an "introduction fee" of 5,000 yen, is invited to peruse.
Once the customer has made his selection, the girl is contacted via her cell phone.
Upon meeting, the customer then pays the girl 20,000 yen.
"When I picked a really cute one, the gal in charge told me, 'She's in class until five p.m., so you can't take her out until after six,'" the reporter relates.
"It seems that even the girls who are engaging in 'enko' are still serious about their studies. Somehow that seems a bit strange to me, but what the heck."
So eager to complete his, uh, research ASAP, he selected a different member and the call was made.
"She seems to be in Shinjuku right now, so let's set up a meet with her in front of the lottery ticket counter beside XXXX (she names a well known rendezvous point facing the plaza beside the station). How about five p.m.?"
He nodded his agreement and sure enough, at five, the co-ed -- let's call her Hiroko -- came bouncing up.
"Hi! Shall we go?" she smiles, ready 'n rarin' to romp.
She strode ahead of him toward the block of love hotels on the back streets of the nearby red-light district of Kabukicho.
As for the sex. . . Well, putting it frankly it could be described pretty much as being of the straightforward,uninspired, no-frills, plain vanilla variety.
"But her demeanor was cheerful, and I could see she was trying hard," he writes.
And more important, he obtained some useful information that made his story shine.
"In the six months since I joined the circle, I put away about 4 million yen," she is quoted as saying.
"It all got around by word of mouth. If you solicit via the Internet you can get nabbed by the cops, so this way is more exclusive, but my customers tell their friends, and so on, so it works out fine.
"I know gals who are raking in as much as 800,000 yen a month. And some of our customers are professors, too.Honest!"
The fact is, Jitsuwa Taiho notes, it's a fairly common practice for brothels in Japan to promote their workers as college girls -- even when it's not necessarily true.
But if you crave academic action, this is one way you can't go wrong,especially when the operation is run out of a room on campus by the college girls themselves! (By Masuo Kamiyama, contributing writer).