|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.|
Street stall sex service serves up buffet of tasty babes in Japan 2005,01,12
Shukan Taishu 1/24 By Ryann Connell
Japan's entrepreneurs of eroticism have come up with an inventive way to circumvent a recent crackdown on the country's flesh trade, according to Shukan Taishu (1/24).
Spearheaded by Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara, authorities have over the past few months carried out a series of raids on the capital's sex joints, crippling the once-thriving seikan herusu and imekura services.
Escort trades initially saw the raids as a potential boon for their business, but all the clean-up actually did was drive more women into freelancing and thus competition, often at discount rates.
Moreover, customers often shun escorts because of the rigmarole involved in setting up meetings, such as making phone calls and the availability of the service only in selected areas and places.
One business operator, however, has come up with the yatai-kei fuzoku, the sex service named after the yatai sidewalk food stalls set up throughout Japanese cities, though the tasty treats he's offering appeal to a different type of gourmand.
"First thing I did was buy a light van. I get the girls working for me to ride in the front seat while we send the van around the streets of entertainment districts. A sign on the side of the van identifies us as being an escort service and also lists the name of our company and its phone number," the originator of the yatai-kei service,identified only as Mr. A, tells Shukan Taishu.
"The girl puts her head out of the window and carries on with guys walking around on the streets. She yells out her name and whatever else she thinks will attract attention. If the guy likes what he sees, he can give us a call. We'll get in touch with the girl in the van and she can get out and do whatever she likes."
Though skirting the law, Mr. A insists what he is doing is perfectly legal, provided he continues to register his company as an escort service without a storefront and does not let the van be used for anything other than advertising.
Incidentally, the operator says he got the idea for his service from the ads on buses that Ishihara recommended metropolitan government-run vehicles start using a few years ago.
Experts on Japan's netherworld say the idea may be the shape of the future.
"It's an idea that will probably put some spark in the struggling flesh business. I wouldn't be surprised to see it spread throughout the whole country," Yusaku Ito, a writer on the adult entertainment industry, tells Shukan Taishu.
"It's quite conceivable that spaces in front of most train stations will be packed with parked vans that are covered in ads for sex services."
January 12, 2005