Some are tourists, here to gawp and take selfies, but others are customers. Adverts for clubs flash and sing and girls dressed as maids hold signs offering deals for local bars. In a grubby shopfront a perky cartoon featuring a cute Mr Men-style creature offers part-time work. Tokyo is famous for its fairly wild red light scene.
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Kako, languid from sleeping pills, was in a world of her own in a jazz shop in Tokyo. The teenage years can be hard anywhere. That said, in very few societies is the idea of youth as fraught as it is in Japan, with its culture of conformity. All through that past, a sense of connection with the old traditions and authority has kept Japanese children obedient and very close to the family. But as its members run away from the family and authority, this generation in rebellion grows.
Schoolgirls for sale: why Tokyo struggles to stop the 'JK business'
There, teenagers in school uniform sell their time to passers-by, while their minders hover in the background. Men pay to hold hands, go for a walk or have a cup of coffee with the girls. Some even pay to sleep on a girl's lap.
By an overwhelming margin, lawmakers from the governing and opposition parties joined to pass the legislation to close a loophole in a law that had banned the production and distribution of child pornography. While the older law did remove much child pornography from public view, critics including prominent conservative politicians have lamented that Japan was the only member of groups of developed nations like the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, or O. It also leaves untouched a vast gray area in which young girls are depicted in sexually suggestive ways. This includes everything from images of the all-girl bands of Japanese pop music posing in lingerie and bikinis, to fantasy illustrations with the faces of prepubescent girls atop the scantily clad bodies of voluptuous adults. Reflecting those attitudes, the passage of the law barely merited a mention on the nightly news.