Stripper Arrested In Japan For Stripping

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The Japanese media is reporting that a professional stripper has been arrested for stripping at a strip club in Tokyo.

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According to ANN News and Mainichi Shimbun, a 38-year-old dancer at Theater Ueno in Tokyo appeared on stage at around 12:30am sans underwear as 15 customers watched. One reported that a light was shone on her bare bottom half, “to delight the customers.”

The club’s manager and four other employees were also arrested on charges of suspected indecency. All have confessed, it seems, saying they did this “for their livelihood.” Which is what I’ve always thought exotic dancing was—a job that professional performers do to earn a living!

The police displayed items seized in the arrest, including the dancer’s outfit.

Illustration for article titled Stripper Arrested In Japan For Stripping
Screenshot: ANN News

Online, Japanese commenters wondered why stripping was an issue in Japan when paid sexual services were not. Also, many seemed baffled as to why a stripper would get arrested for, well, stripping. Some wondered if this was part of a larger crackdown on adult services prior to the Olympics. (For context, magic mushrooms were made illegal in 2002 when Japan co-hosted the World Cup.)

An article, “A History of Japanese Striptease”, explains where striptease stands in the country’s legal code, most notably articles 174 and 175: “Article 174 applies to strippers and penalizes public indecency, while article 175 prohibits the distribution and sale of obscene material and targets venue owners. Accordingly, in order to take action the law must prove that something actually is obscene.” You can read more about the history of stripping in Japan right here.

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ANN News reports that the club would also allegedly show uncensored adult videos and allow customers to have their photos taken with a pantsless dancer for 500 yen ($4.60) a shot.

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

DISCUSSION

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Fredick Menger

Japanese commenters wondered why stripping was an issue in Japan when paid sexual services were not <-
Honestly as a larger sociology question, I actually want the answer to this.


Like any country, looking at the laws as outsider is just baffling.

Largest AV producer in the world, but genitalia is obscene and will be prosecuted. 

Cracking down on Stripping but search’s through the major SOD advertising site for this industry, shows me there are thousands of workers available just in Tokyo to be called right now.