Porn Actresses Arrested in Tokyo Police Strip Club Crackdown

The notorious T.S. Musical club seen behind the equally notorious T.S. Musical yellow van.

The notorious Japanese strip club T.S. Musical seen behind the equally notorious T.S. Musical yellow van.

The Kabukicho district of Shinjuku is well-known for being Tokyo’s red-light district. Home to innumerable bars, host and hostess clubs, and various other ‘water trade’ ventures, Kabukicho embraces everything that mainstream Japanese society might not.

But due to a recent police crackdown on a well-established business in the district, netizens have raised questions about precisely why the law has suddenly turned its attentions to Kabukicho once more, with some suggesting that it might be related to Tokyo’s Olympic bid.

From Yahoo! Japan:

AV Actresses Expose Their Genitals, Crackdown on Strip Show in Tokyo’s Shinjuku Ward

The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Safety Division have arrested Okano Kentaro (41, South Koenji, Suginami ward) the manager of the strip show ‘Kabukicho T.S. Musical’ (Shinjuku ward) and ten strippers aged between 24 and 39 under suspicion of public indecency due to adult video (AV) actresses exposing their genitals during the show.

According to the Safety Division, the club was judged as being very wrongful, since during the finale of the show all the strippers would show their genitals to the audience, then borrow cameras from the audience and photograph themselves. A long-established business that had opened in 1985, it is estimated that the club turned profits of over 200,000,000 yen per year, focusing on clients who came on tours from China. It is said that there are even some strippers at the club who have appeared in over 100 adult movies.

The T.S. Musical van. Possibly more offensive than the 'public indecency' on show at the club.

The T.S. Musical van. Possibly more offensive than the ‘public indecency’ on show at the club.

On the night of January 28, it is alleged that the suspects made 6 of the actresses expose their genitals, while allowing an unspecified number of customers to spectate.

In May and August of last year, an anonymous source came forward to discuss things with the metropolitan police, saying, ‘As far as these things go it’s one of the most extreme clubs in the country, and if the Tokyo Olympics is held here, [this club] will bring shame on the whole of Japan.’

Comments from 2ch.net:

バーミーズ(東京都):

Why are they cracking down on this stuff! They must be crazy.

チーター(東京都):

Bring shame on Japan…when in foreign countries having no mosaic in porn films is the default! [Japanese porn films are required by law to pixelate or airbrush out genitalia and pubic hair].

ターキッシュバン(新疆ウイグル自治区):

So strip clubs are bad, but soaplands are ok? Tokyo is a mysterious place.

白(兵庫県):

I don’t get what’s wrong with an adult showing another adult their pussy. What’s with this ultra-conservative state? That’s why the marriage rate is in decline.

バーミーズ(東京都):

But in foreign countries strip clubs are pretty normal anyway.

スナドリネコ(やわらか銀行):

I don’t really understand why they had to hide their genitals in the first place. What’s the problem if you show someone? Are we indecent beasts who live secretly carrying illegal porn with us just because we have genitals?

アムールヤマネコ(北海道):

Guess there was nothing in it for the police.

アメリカンショートヘア(神奈川県):

Rather the fact that we have mosaics in our porn is making us the shame of the world.

ウンピョウ(岩手県):

This is part of Japanese culture, too. Calling it shameful is the most shameful thing. Have more confidence in your strip clubs, people of Japan!

エキゾチックショートヘア(京都府):

This is why I’m against the Olympic bid. I’d like the bid committee to be invited here after we’ve done something with those idiots who want to regulate things like this.

サビイロネコ(東京都):

The bloody Tokyo Olympics is irrelevant w Even if you don’t go to places like this there’s enough weirdness in Tokyo.

リビアヤマネコ(やわらか銀行):

The fueiho law is operated arbitrarily by police jurisdiction (the point is it’s just according to their whim), so I guess they must have had some sort of other reason to search the premises. This theatre is one of the oldest, even in Tokyo, and I don’t suppose they’ve changed what they do since the old days.

ヒマラヤン(埼玉県):

They’re not really having sex or anything, so isn’t stuff like this fine?

ジャガー(東京都):

They should crackdown on the pachinko instead of this.

ピューマ(九州地方):

It’s standard public indecency, right? Those who complain about it need to go and study a bit of law.

ターキッシュバン(チベット自治区):

Why in this country do we have the capability to mosaic out genitals even in real life?

アムールヤマネコ(北海道):

It’s because we do stuff like this that people say Japanese people are sullen. If we did it proudly and openly, then people couldn’t say anything, but why do they still want to hide it?

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  • http://www.youtube.com/user/VictimOfBoredom Matt

    “[Japanese porn films are required by law to pixelate or airbrush out genitalia and pubic hair.]”

    Thanks for explaining that, Beth. I wouldn’t have known otherwise…

    • besudesu

      You’re welcome. I was quite aware that you, and many of our other readers, may not be entirely au fait with the genre.

      • bluesummers

        Wait…you mean their genitals aren’t actually blocks of mosaic in real life?

        WTF?!

        • YourSupremeCommander

          They would show the butt hole but the vag & penis is mosaic-ed, while you can clearly see the meat stick go in and out… go figure.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001011031121 Toto Meresha

        so does it actually illegal to be naked in public? cause i see many av where they do it in public? XD

  • Kate

    What is a soapland?

    • http://www.youtube.com/user/VictimOfBoredom Matt

      “Soaplands began when explicit prostitution in Japan became illegal in 1958, as a simple form of bath where women washed men’s bodies. They were originally known as toruko-buro, meaning Turkish bath. Following a 1984 campaign by Turkish scholar Nusret Sancaklı denouncing the use of this name for brothels, the new name “soapland” was the winning entry in a nationwide contest to rename them.”

  • Ray

    the title says it all about Japan’s law with regards to their sex industry.

    Its pretty much saying “Porn actress arrested for stripping”

  • carmouflagger

    Wait, Japanese people have genitals? O.o i always thought they had pixels.

  • A Gawd Dang Mongolian

    Ah so its just a bid to tidy up the place.

    Every country does this if it seems like they are gonna be picked for the Olympics. Take the ‘questionable’ stuff and sweep it under the rug before company arrives.

    China cracking down on illegal North Korean immigrants, Brazil clearing out Rio, and now Japan arresting porn peddlers who refuse to put on the censor bars.

  • Porny

    Millions of Japanese Porn on the net with No genital mosaic! yeahh…I like internet!

  • dk2020

    they need to get better tint on that bangbus! … have u seen the weird fantasy time-stop ones? all the new JAV seem to have public sex with schoolgirls .. I think its filmed in actual real schools, I dunno how the set can be that good ..

  • rarnedsoum

    Confusing.
    Everytime I visit Japan, I see more pubic hair in a ryokan or onsen, than I do in any AV video or strip club…

  • mattman_183

    Strip club hurt Tokyo’s Olympic bid? Prostitution is legal in Brazil. They are even teaching prostitutes how to speak English for the suge of new customers expected for the next Olympic games in Rio! There has got to be another reason. New leadership?

  • SERVO

    I thought strip clubs were legal in Japan?

    • besudesu

      Yeah, they are to a certain extent. What’s not legal is most likely the fact that customers were allowed to photograph the genitalia of the actresses working there. Japanese obscenity laws can be quite vague, there is no working definition of what is constituted by “obscene”, for example. What has been frequently upheld by the high court is Article 175 of the Penal Code (Distribution of Obscene Objects), in which the sale or distribution of obscene material is punishable by law. What’s interesting here, though, is that this article says that they were not arrested under Article 175, but Article 174, which is a charge of ‘Public Indecency’:

      (公然わいせつ)

      (Public Indecency)

      第百七十四条 公然とわいせつな行為をした者は、六月以下の懲役若しくは三十万円以下の罰金又は拘留若しくは科料に処する。

      Article 174 A person who commits an indecent act in public shall be punished by imprisonment with work for not more than 6 months, a fine of not more than 300,000 yen, misdemeanor imprisonment without work or a petty fine.

      It’s not clear why the manager and the strippers are being charged under this article, though. Maybe someone else can shed some light on this…?

  • Mike (Maiku)

    Arrested for exposing their genitals during the show? why U have 2 pay 2 C Jap pussies? Jap gal are fools and easy to be F***ed! I saw theirs for free 2 to 3 times per day!

    • YourSupremeCommander

      on the internet, right?

    • dk2020

      Learn how to type better bakayarooo .. I doubt you can get with a Japanese breezy without paying for it moron .. 2 or 3 a day huh? this fool ..

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