Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Japan's women flirting for cash

Source: Salon.com

While the recession is driving some women in the U.S. into the sex industry, it's pushing Japan's young ladies into the less extreme but nevertheless historically taboo work of hostessing. We aren't talking about simply standing at the front of a restaurant and politely seating customers; the country's hostesses are professional flirts often paid big bucks to party, chat up customers and look pretty in gentlemen's clubs. (And, depending on who you ask, they are sometimes pressured into sex for money.)

Paying anywhere from $100,000 to $300,00o a year, they are "among the most lucrative jobs available to women" in Japan, according to a trend piece in the New York Times. Things weren't so great for women before the economic collapse -- nearly 70 percent in their early 20s held precarious positions with scant benefits -- and now they're in dire straights: "More women from a diversity of backgrounds are looking for hostess work," Kentaro Miura, a club manager in Tokyo, told the Times. The upshot: These gigs are becoming wildly competitive.

No surprise there. What's puzzling, though, is that reporter Hiroko Tabuchi also ties the recession to the fact that hostesses are "gaining respectability and even acclaim." He summarizes the situation dramatically: "Japan’s worst recession since World War II is changing mores." Certainly the recession is pushing some to consider work they wouldn't have otherwise, but it's seems a stretch to link that desperation to hostesses' rising cultural stock.


The part about girls not getting the jobs they want during a recession and having to do something else. For example, I can't find a job as an accountant or in the oil industry so now I have to clean house in a bikini. I get that.

What I don't get is, if Japan is in it's worse recession since WWII, what guy has the money to pay for these thrills like a hostess and maybe more. Are the top echelon guys in Japan still filthy rich while the rest are looking for work? Sad that they spend this foolishly while others can't make money.


Amory Blaine said...

What? What are you talking about? Oh, there were words with the picture?? Damn you degenerasian you've melted my brain again! Also, hi!

Degenerasian said...

Yes there was an article that described what's goin on. Did that just go right over your head? :D

Anonymous said...

The things that people make for money doesn't suprise me anymore, everything in the world right now is money even if not is very hard to find "humans" in this world.

Anonymous said...

I feel..no my appeal to the filthy rich in japan to look after these japanese...or any asian for that matter, because I for one, strongly feel that, if anyone is there for exploits, let us exploit urselfs n not let thugs n crooks from third world countries to exploit our beautiful n innocent girls like animals anymore.
Like let them do what they do outside inside japan n lets be broad and understand these girls needs.