|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.|
Naughty Japanese schoolgirls lost one of their greatest sources of pocket money earlier this month after the Tokyo Metropolitan Government outlawed the trade in soiled knickers from the underaged, according to Shukan Taishu (6/28). Tokyo's Burusera Ordinance, which takes its name from the Japanese-English contraction of the words "bloomer seller," bans the purchase of used panties from anybody under the age of 18, as well as any activities that would facilitate such a sale.
Offenders of the ordinance enacted June 1 face a fine of up to 500,000 yen.
"There were about 30 burusera shops, mostly in Shibuya and Shinjuku, but more than 10 of these have already shut down. A lot of online burusera sites have already stopped trading, too," adult entertainment industry writer Yukio Murakami tells Shukan Taishu. "Authorities have apparently cracked the whip. I think this probably means the end of burusera stores."
Burusera shops look bust and sordid schoolgirls appear out of pocket. But that doesn't mean the trade in soiled skids won't continue.
"Underage sellers aren't punished under the ordinance, so the girls are pretty composed about the whole thing," says Gomez Yamada, a writer specializing on teen girl topics. "The ordinance may have shut down the burusera stores, but it has only sparked a thriving trade in schoolgirls using mobile phone sites to conduct direct sales to customers without needing a middleman. They'll arrange to meet in some dark spot like a karaoke box or beside a building, then remove and hand over their panties on the spot in exchange for payment. What's more, they're charging 5,000 to 10,000 yen a pair, about five times what they would have got from a burusera shop. Some girls are even happy the ordinance has come into effect because it's done away with the burusera shops that were eating into their profits."
Panty selling girls have already found ways to circumvent the crackdown on selling skives.
"We put photos of us in our school uniforms up for sale at about 4-5,000 yen each, then provide some dirty panties as a free giveaway to buyers. That way, we're selling photos," a 17-year-old schoolgirl identified only as Miss A tells Shukan Taishu.
It could be an effective plan.
"Even the metropolitan government would have a hard time outlawing the sale of photos," a domestic news reporter on a major daily says.
Another 17-year-old, referred to as Miss B, claims she can still make a yen catering to those who don't want a whiff of trouble, but would settle for something else.
"You don't need to sell your panties. Now, the thing to do is just let the guys pay to smell the knickers you're wearing," she says. "Girls we call kagaseya (sniffers), get about 10,000 yen for a date with a guy. They take him into a karaoke box, then let him stick his head up their skirt and sniff between their legs to his heart's content."
Schoolgirl specialist Yamada warns the enterprising entrepreneurs not to get ahead of themselves.
"Everybody starts off thinking that just selling their panties is not too bad, but about 90 percent of those girls end up prostituting themselves within six months, no, three months of making their first panty sale," he tells Shukan Taishu. "Lots of girls feel liberated by dropping their panties. Next thing they know, though, they've dropped their guard, too."