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Shintaro Ishihara's Retirement Brings Hope for Tokyo's Adult Entertainment

Posted: Nov. 20th, 2012  |  By Michael Pearse
Tokyo Reporter

After a long crackdown on the adult entertainment industry in Tokyo, in preparation for hosting the Olympics of 2016, the retirement of Shintaro Ishihara as Governor of Tokyo has created an opportunity for the old red light districts to make a return.

With the resignation of Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara last month, operators of shops peddling sleaze in the top entertainment areas of the metropolis are undergoing something of a resurgence, reports evening tabloid Nikkan Gendai (Nov. 9).

The tabloid happily reports that streetwalkers in Ikebukuro are back in small numbers, and clubs where the hostesses can be taken off the premises for a fee have made a return.

The crackdown began in April 2004, a year after Ishihara appointed Yutaka Takehana as vice governor. That year, Takehana ordered the shutting of adult-goods stores, underground casinos, hostess clubs, and massage parlors in Shinjuku Ward’s Kabukicho red-light district, Japan’s largest adult-entertainment area.


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