The facts and statistics provided below are selections from studies and provide factual information based on the research team’s findings.The information is not intended to diminish the possibility of risk to you or someone you know.Most of the businesses are geared towards Japanese customers only.Foreigners are generally not welcome due to fears about AIDS and other concerns.The competition is stiff to give customers what they want and attract regular, repeat customers. Some offer alibis to wives, mothers and girlfriends.Others take reservations, address specific requests and have websites that list which girls are on duty and when.Japan has had anti-prostitution laws on the books since 1958.
If a prostitute was sick and lost her customers she could be thrown out on the streets.
In cities like Kawasaki you can find red light districts with foreign Asian women displayed in Amsterdam-style windows.
One Japanese psychiatrist told the Japan Times, "Patronizing a 'pink business' is a very convenient way for the more affluent Japanese to engage in pleasure.
More than half cited “making a living” as the motivation, 14 percent were doing it “for the sake of the family,” 11 percent were doing it to pay off debts, while others cited money for clothes, travel, and leisure (Bornoff 1991, 273, 334). Daruma, the name of a Zen master who mediated until his legs fell off, was a slang expression for a courtesan.
Ukiyo-e prints from the 18th century show prostitutes interacting with Buddhist figures.