You should listen to the 24th edition of GPod with 알바 Anthony Joe if you are interested in hearing the men’s viewpoints on working at the clubs that are organizing events. There are a number of works of fiction produced in Japan, including television series, novels, video games, manga (and anime adaptations), and the like, that center on hosts or host clubs. Some examples of these works include 9th Circle, Bloodhound, and the more light-hearted Ouran High School Host Club. The incorporation of Kyabakura Hosts into Japanese culture is the subject of a significant number of fictional works in Japan.
Hostess clubs are a typical part of the late-night entertainment scene in Japan, as well as in other nations and regions in East Asia and other places with significant Japanese populations. The term “Mizu Shobai,” which literally translates to “water trade,” refers to a kind of enterprise that operates within the nightlife entertainment sector of the Japanese economy. This enterprise includes hostess clubs and hosts. In 2007, the government of Japan started cracking down on hostess clubs, which resulted in the closure of a large number of clubs and the arrest and deportation of a large number of hosts.
In 2006, an undercover investigation in Japan discovered that multiple hostess clubs were prepared to unlawfully recruit a foreign lady, despite the fact that Japan had previously pledged to clamp down on the illegal hiring of foreigners at hostess bars. At this time, in accordance with stringent legislation, it is only permissible for non-Japanese women to work as hosts in Japan if they are Japanese nationals or if they have a valid marriage visa.
While it is now prohibited for non-Japanese nationals or those without a spouse visa to work at a Japanese hostess club, many women are nevertheless able to find employment in the industry, which is considered by some to be the modern-day equivalent of the geisha. When it comes to Japanese women and other immigrant women, the decision to work as a hostess is a reflection of an unwelcoming social climate. The circumstances of adult Japanese women who work in the sex-work mainstream industries, which are the main focus of the present book, are different from the circumstances of migrant women from other countries who work in underground industries. This dichotomy is one of the central themes of the book.
Women who work in such industry are the ones who are targeted by right-wing rhetoric and interventions from feminist activists in Japan who are primarily concerned with Japanese women. The story of how the Japanese business sector has combined their business activities with sexual exploitation of women in the entertainment business outside of the working hours demonstrates, in concrete terms, how the official gains of women are being eroded by the parallel trends towards sexualization and the consolidation of a sexualized industry. The story focuses on how the Japanese business sector has combined their business activities with sexual exploitation of women in the entertainment business outside of the working hours. Because of the prevalence of such environments in the day-to-day operations of white-collar jobs in Japan, the labor market for the middle class has become sexualized, and as a result, it is unfriendly to young women. Young women are given the impression that they have a status based on their sexuality by their male coworkers who are conducting business in environments that are entirely predicated on subordinate sex roles for women.
Some young women find sexual labor appealing for a variety of reasons; yet, these same factors contribute to the industry’s poor reputation as a place of employment. Women working in the sex industries have very little control over the sometimes hazardous and unhealthy working circumstances they are subjected to because of their status as irregular employees doing work that is socially stigmatized and officially excluded from the conventional categories of labor. On the other hand, there is a widespread denial in Japan, even among feminists, that housemaids are in any way exposed to the possibility of being forced into prostitution or sexual assault.
Almost forty years after the fact, more than forty-six percent of males who responded to a comprehensive study in 2003 still believe that it is impossible to avoid visiting sexual-industry venues in Japan that provide employment for hosts.
A profession as a Japanese hostess is detailed in a recent story published in The New York Times. The occupation involves entertaining male clients at establishments where they pay a premium to engage in sexual activity with younger women and consume alcoholic beverages (services which did not generally include prostitution). If you are not acquainted with the term “kyabakura,” which is a portmanteau combining the Japanese pronunciations of the words “cabaret” and “club,” then you should know that it refers to a place where attractive ladies congregate to drink and socialize with wealthy men. If you believe that getting wasted while girls talk to you as though you are some sort of famous person is completely innocent, then the vast majority of the activity that takes place within the kyabakura itself is completely innocent. However, this is only the case if you believe that there can be some shady things going on around the kyabakura.
It is customary for the hostesses of kyabakuras to refrain from engaging in sexual activity with the patrons, and it is frowned upon for men to touch the breasts or any other area of the female body. Nevertheless, it seems that more establishments are beginning to relax these restrictions as of late. Kyabakura hosts often also employ a female bartender who is typically very well versed in the art of mixing drinks and who could also serve as the mamasan or head of staff [citation required]. They may be considered the contemporary analogue of geishas in that they provide entertainment for groups of wage employees after work.
There are many different kinds of nightclubs, and I think that I have worked in all of them—kyabakura, lounges, female bars, and high-end clubs—at some point in my life. I had the good fortune to meet a wide variety of fascinating individuals via my work as a hostess at Kitashinchi, the most popular Hostess Club location in Osaka’s Umeda district. At this club, I was the only person from outside of Japan working there. There are also a lot of hostess clubs in Japan, which are establishments for women to visit in order to socialize with attractive guys and be treated like kings.
At a time when women are gaining power and running the show elsewhere, the host club is the one place where males can go to experience being treated like men (without sex, of course).
Studies have revealed the complexities of the internal gender dynamics, and sometimes even the tensions, between the hosts. They have also revealed the ways in which male patrons frequently try to alleviate problems among hostess, and even between hosts and mom-san. This is despite the fact that it is obvious that the hostess clubs are gendered by the way in which women serve men. At one end of the spectrum, hostsesses may be seen working in the opulent clubs of the Ginza area, while at the other, they can be found working as migrant sex workers in situations of forced servitude. Kyabakura is the name of the labor organization that was established in December 2009 to represent people who work as hostesses in bars.
The #MeToo movement had a false dawn because it failed to grasp that the shadow that was created by the culture of corporate hostessing in the United States was the root cause of the sexual harassment and assault of working women. This was a critical oversight. The book “Comfort Women and Corporate Japan After Occupation” offers a glimpse inside the Japanese hostess business during the country’s years of economic growth after the end of World War II. In the documentary titled “Tokyo Girls,” which was released in 2000, four women from Canada discuss their time spent working as hostesses in Japan.