Sex in school and with teachers is a fact of life, say schoolgirls, who happily share the details of their intimate encounters as though they were recalling what happened in class.
An experienced 14-year-old girl, beguilingly conservative looking with undyed hair and a low hem, is blunt in conversation with an Asahi Weekly reporter:
“What’s wrong with loving your teacher? At the moment, I’m dating mine.”
She speaks proudly of her precocious conquest of a teacher in his thirties, who she describes as “cool”:
“I finally did it with my teacher a while back. On Valentine’s, we met at night, and I told him ‘take me instead of the chocolate’ – we had sex in the car then and there. He was actually my second but I told him he was my first.”
She describes how teachers and students often exchange mails, and that this actually led to her own relationship:
“That evening I got a reply – ‘is it ok to start a relationship we can never tell anyone about?’ Of course I immediately replied ‘OK.’
It seems he had other pupils, but he stopped it with them. He said ‘I liked you from first glance.’ Delightful. Having this secret together really gets my heart racing.”
Daring encounters in school itself were not uncommon; she recalls proudly how after class the couple would kiss in school, and even touch in class itself at times.
“I was breathless and my chest was tight in those wonderful moments.”
One middle-school teacher speaks candidly of his trials in the face of the budding womanhood of his charges:
“Middle school girls these days are really mature. Of course it varies with the individual, but when I was a schoolboy there were 1-2 sexy girls in the whole year. Now there are 10 ‘womanly’ girls in each class. They’ll innocently ask ‘when did sir first do it?’ and ‘when was your first kiss?’ Honestly, it’s hard to maintain control.”
Another girl, 15, speaks of her activities with fellow students, again coordinated by mail:
“My boyfriend asks me so we do it every day at school. Usually in the morning. Last night I had a mail asking ‘shall we do it tomorrow morning?’ I said sure, we went to school early and did it on the classroom veranda. Sometimes I get mails asking to do it after school when I’m still in class.”
She says of all this that:
“H is proof of how much you love each other. He likes me too, so he wants to do it all the time too.”
Such love is common – she estimates a quarter of her classmates are sexually active.
Yet another girl, 14, explains how she is happy to help out her boyfriend:
“He’s in the same school as me. When the chime goes off he seems to get hard, so when he can’t stand it we go off to the toilets at break and I get him off.”
Far from having to put up with this, she happily takes the lead and actively invites to the toilets, she says.
Tales of schoolgirl sex are usually presented as “a sign of the times,” with the insinuation that youthful sex is in some way unnatural or undesirable, but in fact statistics seem to show the proportion of sexually active schoolgirls has been stable for some time.
One official with a sex education foundation does however explain that high rates of mobile phone ownership amongst such schoolgirls are thought to be making it easier for girls to maintain intimate (or indeed, commercial) relationships, due to the ease and privacy of such communication.
Similarly, though middle and elementary schools teach about pregnancy but not sex, where schools are silent the Internet speaks volumes.
Indeed, under such circumstances it is perhaps more surprising that sexual activity amongst the youth of Japan has remained so stable.