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Japan’s college co-eds on tight budgets seek illicit night work

Nikkan Gendai Apr. 9
Nikkan Gendai Apr. 9
A survey conducted in the 3-month period from May 2012 by the Tokyo chapter of the Japan Federation of Private University Teachers’ and Employees’ Unions (JFPU) analyzed data from 5,400 university and junior college students. The survey found that the students’ average monthly allowance from home was 89,500 yen — the lowest figure since the survey began back in 1986.

What’s more, reports Nikkan Gendai (April 9), after monthly rents were deducted from the above figure, the students were left with an average of just 923 yen in spending money per day — the first time this figure has fallen below 1,000 yen.

With the surge in the stock market brought on by so-called “Abenomics,” falling value of the Japanese yen and consumer price inflation that is expected as a result, families’ budgets are expected to be pinched further, and this is almost certain to lead more university co-eds to turn to yoru no arubaito or part-time work at night, a euphemism for jobs in the sex industry.

“It looks like more and more college co-eds will be taking up jobs at deri heru (out-call sex) services and erotic massage parlors in order to supplement their allowances,” says Yukio Murakami, a journalist who covers the “pink” trade, who adds, “For girls who don’t want to be affiliated with a sex shop, there’s also a method called ‘group prostitution.’ The way it works is that one girl ‘sells spring,’ and when the customer asks her to ‘introduce me to your friend,’ he will eventually engage the services of several girls in the group.

“The going rate is about 20,000 yen for honban (intercourse) and because the girls work in a group they tend not to suffer from feelings of remorse. Other groups of girls operate in a similar manner, working as ‘companions’ or accompanying men to karaoke boxes. They troll for business via the Internet, and their general charge is 10,000 yen per hour.”

Other part-time jobs involve wearing a revealing miniskirt while doing waitress work at a so-called “sexy izakaya” (2,000 yen/hr) and working at ona kura clubs whose service is watch male customers while they masturbate (but without hands-on participation) (4,000 yen/hr).

“Another type of job is ‘soft dating,’ just accompanying men for a dinner,” says Murakami. “The going rate is 10,000 yen an hour. It’s enough for lots of ‘herbivorous men‘ just to hold a woman’s hand.

“Attractive women willing to pose as nude ‘models’ can make 20,000 yen for three hours of work. A lot of girls try to land jobs modeling sexy lingerie — the going rate’s 3,000 to 5,000 yen per hour.”

Once your daughter heads for school in the big city, almost anything goes, warns Nikkan Gendai. (K.S.)

Source: “Imadoki no joshi daisei, yoru no arubaito no jittai,” Nikkan Gendai (Apr. 9, page 9)

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