In an effort to offer some perspective on the matter, Tokyo Sports (Sept. 15), in a highly charged article, says that health risks will most certainly not prevent Korean hookers from coming to Tokyo in 2020 for the Olympic Games.
For the inside scoop, the evening tabloid speaks with Akira Ikoma, the editor of a guide to men’s entertainment called Ore no Tabi (My Journey). He says that Korean prostitutes from around the world will arrive in Tokyo, especially the Uguisudani area, which is known for its “delivery health” out-call establishments.
“It could be more than 100,000 women,” says Ikoma. “They will be eyeing the economic possibilities that go with the event. There is no doubt about it.”
In 2004, the Korean government passed an anti-prostitution law and shuttered a number of sex shops. As a result, the editor says, Korea has “exported” 100,000 prostitutes to the United States, Japan and Australia.
The distribution has come as a result of covert maneuverings of brokers, who recruit women by promising high wages in jobs located overseas.
Ikoma says that a proclivity for plastic surgery among Korean women goes over very well in Japan, adding that their popularity is not limited to big cities like Tokyo and Osaka. “In rural areas, there are out-call establishments featuring Korean women,” assures the editor, “and their customers are very loyal to them.”
The article says that the overall industry in Tokyo, however, will face hard times, so to speak. Law enforcement is expected to crack down on sex-related establishments in entertainment areas such as Shinjuku, Shibuya and Ikebukuro before the Games begin. “I think it will be very strict,” says Ikoma.
Korean women, too, may face complications. Tokyo Sports says that newspapers are reporting that the large number of prostitutes that have been leaving the country will next year result in restrictions on the issuance of passports due to “national shame” concerns.
The article concludes by saying that no matter the scenario Japan can do no right in the eyes of Korea, which continually demands that Nippon “acknowledge history!” and “apologize for the comfort women!”
Alas, Japan will remain the target of these attacks for the foreseeable future, moans Tokyo Sports. Hopefully, the influx of hookers will sooth some of that pain. (K.N.)
Source: “Boikotto dokoroka kankokujin baishun-fu jumannin ga Tokyo gorin shuketsu,” Tokyo Sports (Sept. 15, page 2)
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