The rabid desire for flashy designer clothes, born during the economic “miracle”, hasn’t been stemmed by economic problems. Japanese children lead a restrictive life at home and school, so enjo kosai could be seen as a sexual rite of passage for curious young women.It wasn’t until the mid-90s that enjo kosai was recognised by the Japanese press.Safer and cheaper, it also allows men to contact a greater number and wider range of girls.All he has to do is put an ad (“40,000 yen for dinner and sex”) on the message board with his contact details, and he can choose the most alluring response that rolls in.
Young, middle-class girls had become used to an expensive lifestyle, funded by their prosperous fathers, but the economy was starting to fall apart.
In several cases, the courts have acknowledged that confessions were forced and ordered prisoners released.
The Japanese courts have had conviction rates that exceeded 99% in the past but that number has been curtailed in recent history due to changes in Japanese law.
Enjo kosai is one of Japanese society’s most infamous phenomenon: schoolgirls dating older men for money.
Although many encounters don’t involve sex, this prostitution of Japan’s youth has been cause for serious concern.