NHK has aired a shocking special on schoolgirl prostitution, or “enjo kousai” as the media persists in calling it, going into great detail on the topic – although many have questioned the extraordinarily sympathetic tone the programme adopts, as well as the fact it was aired on morning TV and included some perhaps unnecessarily detailed guidance as to how to decipher the online slang used in the trade…

The special on enjo kousai aired as part of NHK’s morning show “Asa Kara,” and is presented below with some translation and annotation:


“By having sex with someone, it means I’m needed by someone”


“Puchi-enkou – I sold things like hair and spit to people if there were buyers.”


[“Kamimachi” – men arranging to lodge homeless girls at their place in return for sexual favours]

“I go to the man’s house, and in return for letting me stay I let him have my body.”


“[Whilst doing him] I wanted to die, and afterwards I did some wrist cutting.”


“I went there and we did it in his car.”


“After he treated me to a meal the next day…”


“… he told me to take my money and get out, he only gave me ¥1,000 though.#


“If you’re in your thirties or forties I bet you have sex even if you’re not paid.”


“I think it’s pretty sad to be doing a dirty woman like that.”


[How to say ‘JK for 15,000, hotel fee not included, at Ikebukuro’ in enkou cant]


A certain amount of scepticism regarding how NHK chose to present this issue (not least in managing to find a schoolgirl prostitute whose main objective is not money) is undoubtedly warranted, and naturally there is only one place to turn to when it comes to information regarding paying schoolgirls for sex:

“Was it really necessary to expound so fully upon the slang used on enkou boards?”

“Why are they airing this stuff in the morning!?”

“So she’s pretending she’s some kind of tragic heroine…”

“They are really spoiling these kids with this coverage – ‘won’t you understand them?’ etc.”

“Honestly, this programme is practically affirming schoolgirl prostitution.”

“And now they are going to blame everything on the parents.”

“Parents who raised such a spoiled brat really are to blame.”

“These kids have everything but they still want even more!”

“Are those people morons or something? Call it prostitution, not ‘enkou’!”

“Why is a child doing these things!?”

“They need to stop calling it ‘compensated dating’!”

“Just the kind of bitches you guys love.”

“Damn, I got hard.”

“She’s just a total prostitute, isn’t she?”

“Why are we supposed to feel sorry for these criminals?”

“Give us a break, airing this stuff in the morning!”

“This is a pretty helpful programme.”

“It’s a bit early in the morning to be continuously saying sex all the time…”

“What are they babbling about? ‘Darkness of the soul,’ give me a break!”

“You’ve got a home, so return there!”

“Crazies, no thanks.”

“A cutter…”

“Normal people cannot understand cutters.”

“‘Wrist cutting is proof I’m alive’ – not that stuff again…”

“There’s no meaning at all to wrist cutting. It’s just self-gratification.”

“Crazies basically just try to act out the role of tragic heroine.”

“I get the impression she just likes being miserable.”

“One of the presenters seems to want to say ‘stop making your environment into excuses to prostitute yourself.'”

“Why do people give children mobile phones?”

“Having kids is such a gamble.”

“Quit blaming it on the age we live in!”

“They are trying to make out that this is more about family problems than it is about prostitution itself.”

“Why are we even listening to the self-serving opinions of a prostitute?”

“The pussy is such a set-up!”

For a more frank account, see the previously featured confessions of such a girl to 2ch.

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    22:24 07/09/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    “Damn, I got hard.”

    Must of been the pussy.

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    Comment by Megidola
    23:58 07/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    The woman in the corner of that picture looks annoyed, I guess she doesn't like cats...

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:51 08/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nah, it was the crushing of the human spirit, the utter degradation, the pain and sorrow that did it for me. The pussy was just icing on the cake.

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    Comment by fxc2
    22:01 07/09/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    I don't get why Japanese reality TV programs always have to show someone's reaction in the corner? Also why do they use those boards to underline/reveal words or phrases like the viewers just watched the whole thing without understanding the facts? Makes no sense to me at all...

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    22:26 07/09/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    To show viewers the audience's reaction for entertainment value, especially in variety or comedy shows. Its kinda like a refernce for how viewers SHOULD react.

    Why they even applied this to more serious programmes is beyond me.

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    Comment by KoollKat
    22:37 07/09/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Indeed, it's a 'reaction standard':
    - If you react the same way - you are a model citizen
    - If your reaction differs - you are a subject for a state citizen correction program! xD

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:07 08/09/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    It's a more extreme version of a laugh track basically. Laugh tracks tell you when you're "supposed" to laugh. Japanese people want someone to tell them how to feel the whole time.

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    Comment by Satonaka
    18:31 08/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    funny how in most cases the whole facial reaction they give you during shows like this is usually meant for comedic value.

    Seeing a mans face on certain pictures of this for example had me doing my own internal dialogue: "Damn it, blurred again!" O_o

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:53 07/09/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Must be awkward if you're the type to laugh at inappropriate times.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:11 07/09/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    "Its kinda like a refernce for how viewers SHOULD react."

    And this is why I stopped watching Japanese shows.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:58 08/09/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    reaction should be implement into av


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    Comment by Gitami
    07:32 08/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    >reaction should be implement into av

    That TMA av guy who did nichijou, up in the corner showing you how each male character and you reacts.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:11 08/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Agreed, anime comedies always have cliche reaction shots and then some other character will chime in and say "That's terrible!" or "That doesn't even make sense!!!" as further confirmation of the intended viewer reaction. It's like going one step even further than a laugh track.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:49 08/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Maybe you should just stop watching the talk shows then?

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    Comment by hauntedskin
    22:56 08/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Gotta luv that nation's "lemmings running off a cliff together mentality" concerning reaction standards. It works wonderfully during a national disaster(tsunami). But it stymies the individual critique when an outside view is needed...

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    23:15 07/09/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    @ fxc2

    It's like the "applause" "laugh" signs at live TV shows in the US. It's to prompt a similar response, sort of like a training a monkey.

    If people actually thought for themselves, they might realize most of these shows were just exploitive bullshit.

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    Comment by jamesownsall
    23:38 07/09/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    It's the same thing as the recorded laughs in sitcoms; it helps the producers make you feel the way they want you to. Some aren't affected by it but it's the standard 'persuasion by association'.

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    Comment by Ota-Kool
    22:15 07/09/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    So those bitches host wanna be like Oprah Winfrey?

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:39 08/09/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    What, big, fat, and ugly?

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:34 08/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm guessing the captions on the screen are important points or otherwise enlightening information. The Japanese language seems to have a lot of homonyms and domain-specific terms so showing how the terms are written could act as a primer into the terminology used in the show.

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    Comment by Myballz
    11:37 08/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nobody cares for Teenage girls on the streets.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:46 08/09/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)


    A lot of people do care enough for them to pay those little bitches for sex and risk being charged with underage sex.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:37 07/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I like what they're doing.

    It shows that the guest celebrities are paying attention to the video featured. It gives the viewers the impression that the celebrities are involved whatever topic or discussion the show has, and they are not there just to "appear" in the show.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:15 08/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    " the viewers just watched the whole thing without understanding the facts".

    Why, in America, does the President make a 15 minute speech on TV, only to be followed by an hour of some newsman explaining what he said? I guess media everywhere thinks we're stupid.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:23 07/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    It isn't just the reality tv programs. Japanese television is plagued by a surge of very shouty subtitles and such, and I cannot understand why.
    Often they subtitle what someone is saying, in bright pink, even though the person was talking in standard Japanese without any accent or anything whatsoever. Why? It really irritates me.
    Even so, if some people with too much time on their hands translate this docu, I'd love to get my hands on the .torrent.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:49 08/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually not just Japanese reality TV programs but some other countries like Korea, Taiwan, Chine etc. have those too

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:34 08/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Here in Mexico, on some shows like Laura (Televisa) and Cosas de la Vida (TV Azteca). They're both about bastards who allegadly ruin womens' lifes, or viceversa. And they feature "hidden camera" clips and while the clips run they show the presentator and/or "victims" reaction to the scenes.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:43 08/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    laura en america FTW

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:32 08/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Being Japanese is a difficult thing. Proper behavior and fitting in with your peers is a continuous source of stress and concern. How much to apologize, how deep a bow, how much to grovel to superiors are all questions which need to be determined multiple times daily.

    At least when you are home, relaxing and watching TV you don't have to strain after propriety, a handy guide is provided for you. Imagine how difficult it would be for viewers to determine how to react to an appearance by Aya Hirano on their own.

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    Comment by KickAss
    22:19 07/09/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    For a nation that loves being commanded how to live, they even have a handy "You should react in this manner." box to instruct the audience how they should feel. It is like the laugh track for the new century.

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    22:22 07/09/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Enkou kousai = Prostitution

    Please stop trying to twist the fact they're not similar, NHK. The girls knew what they we're getting into and expected even more, but now you're depicting them as tragic beings being forced into this trade.

    Show reeks of feminism to garner pity for girls who got the short end of the deal. And thanks for explaining enkou slang to the general public for them to apply it in their day-to-day activities. Highly informative, right kids?

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    Comment by Night
    00:55 08/09/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    There are females who are forced into prostitution, but they are usually brought into foreign countries with promises of job or similar and then forced to sell their bodies using violence or drugs or stuff like that.

    But schoolgirls prostituting themselves are no poor heroes and weren't forced into it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:13 07/09/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    There's two groups shown here. There's average school girls workin' hard fo' the money, money they don't need, to buy things they want.
    There's also homeless girls in such a desperate situation that trading their bodies for shelter for even one night sounds like it could be reasonable.
    Combining selfish acts performed by 'WOE IS ME I SEX ALL THE TIME BUT HEY MY SHOES ARE NICE' schoolgirls to fucking homeless urchins with making bad decisions out of desperation is fairly clever but ultimately disgustingly underhanded.
    Don't make the mistake of grouping the two together, whether it's for or against the show.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:33 07/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Feminism caters to the politically correct crowd, which is all public TV stations care about. It's the same everywhere.

    There will always be people hit so hard by their life problems that the only solution they see is selling their body, but some girls are just in it for express cash, pure and simple. Pop culture that places too high value on the latest trends and the expensive price tag for all the things one needs to achieve it can make a lot of bitches forget. If they somehow get caught, playing the victim card will always get them away from public scorn(most likely their parents would know, but from my experience, they either keep it to themselves or just pretend their daughters were never fucked up 9 ways to Kingdom Come).

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:28 07/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nowadays, many of joshikousei are bitch.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Enkou kousai =/= Prostitution

    Fixed it for you.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:40 08/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    The legal definition of prostitution is;

    The act of offering one's self for hire to engage in sexual relations.

    How is Enkou kousai not Prostitution?

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:00 08/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Enkou kousai is not prostitution but professional sexual worker. Sounds better.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:12 08/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    enkou kousai is now mainstream

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:59 08/09/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)


    is that a pokedex? o..

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    Comment by SpideyPHL
    01:14 08/09/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    You guys are awfully critical of the Japanese for having that "reaction box" thing when Western shows have been doing it for decades with laugh tracks. The difference is there's actually a person reacting there, instead of an amorphous crowd (or worse, an actual canned laugh track the producer decides to insert at times THEY think you should laugh). I'm not saying it's a better system, but I certainly don't think it's any worse, and doesn't warrant the kind of "do as we say" commentary you guys are giving it.

    As far as the special...well, again, I've seen segments on the "seedy underbelly" of America on morning shows before, but this depends on whether it's the same kind of format as, say, the Today show. That said, it really wasn't that necessary to show the exact terminology used...unless, of course, they showed fake terminology that the police will be looking for! I doubt that though.

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    Comment by Shippoyasha
    17:37 08/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    With the west, they 'package' it with heavy editing too. Like sympathetic/dire music cues and editing.

    Though with Korean/Japanese/Taiwanese stuff, they LOVE showing scenes of people crying right in front of the camera (even if they're blurred, it's pretty shameless to sensationalize it that way).

    Also, most of these shows are just as much about the celebrities featured. I think many UK reality shows had that trend alongside Asian nations. Not sure if that alone is worth getting angry about. They all package this stuff in some way.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:53 08/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    If you actually believe he's reacting then you are more gulliable than what you appear.

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    Comment by Gitami
    07:40 08/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    “By having sex with someone, it means I’m needed by someone”

    Men just want to give love to those who need them, is that really an arrestable crime?

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:20 08/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I need to go and find me one of these girls.

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    Comment by Cytryz
    07:59 08/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    harsh times in Japan for good men. Finding that special someone who hasn't been violated by god knows how many dicks is really becoming something isn't it. I say wait til you are 30 for you can get those epic magical powers.

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    08:51 08/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Interesting story......

    Too had it's all fake.

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    Comment by Lunar Archivist
    09:12 08/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    "[Whilst doing him] I wanted to die, and afterwards I did some wrist cutting."

    Sounds like the guy's just a terrible lay. No wonder he has to pay for it. :P

    "He told me to take my money and get out, he only gave me ¥1,000 though."

    Christ, Japan. Your men are misogynistic AND cheap and your women are gold-diggers. No wonder your birth rate is going down the toilet.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:06 08/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Are you always so quick to buy into Chinese otaku propaganda?

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    Comment by Lunar Archivist
    11:29 08/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    What the heck are you talking about? o_O

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:31 08/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    >pro China articles

    I laughed out loud.

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    02:33 09/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    "I might have a improperly working tinfoil hat, but your bigotry and overgeneralization of the Japanese people seems to be working just fine."

    Who's being bigoted? My original comment was mostly sarcastic and meant as a joke in keeping with the tone of this site. I've actually been to Japan, and everyone I met there treated me politely, so I have nothing to complain about. Sankaku Complex is ridiculously tongue-in-cheek and obviously picks the most skewed articles and reports to mock here.

    "Oh, and obviously you prefer others doing your thinking for you since you so willingly believe what a Japanese TV program reports as the truth, so kudos for that."

    Japanese TV news reports are about as reliable as supermarket tabloids. Every old generation who's in power seeks to blame all of society's ills on the new. It's been like that for most of recorded human history.

    That being said, I'm more inclined to believe the report than you. Calling Sankaku Complex pro-China is like calling the Bush administration pro-Islam. :P

    "Your brain is what is fucked."

    I think you've got that backwards, friend. :P

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    06:49 10/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm not your friend, fuckwad. God, you are stupid.

    So you're using the "I have black friends" defense to defend your bigotry? Oh please. Oh, that's right, you were trying to be sarcastic and joking. Because you have been to Japan, it is acceptable to you to denigrate a nation's men by saying they are all mysoginistic and all their women are materialistic.

    As for Japanese TV, lol you just agreed with me that it is not a reliable source of information, so uh thanks for supporting my argument?

    I can do this all day, ignoramus. Come at me bro, when you get your head unstuck from your anus.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:26 08/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    "...with all the pro China articles"?

    Are you looking at the same site that the rest of us are looking at?

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    Comment by Lunar Archivist
    13:19 08/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Chinese propaganda. As aired on a Japanese television network. And commented on copiously by all those Chinese who hang out on 2channel.


    Maybe you should get the size of your tinfoil hat adjusted. I don't think it's working properly.

    Comment by Anonymous

    I might have a improperly working tinfoil hat, but your bigotry and overgeneralization of the Japanese people seems to be working just fine.

    Oh, and obviously you prefer others doing your thinking for you since you so willingly believe what a Japanese TV program reports as the truth, so kudos for that.

    I take it back, my tinfoil hat works fine. Your brain is what is fucked.

    Comment by Anonymous

    It's obvious that you've bought into all the articles on Sankaku about materialistic Japanese women and mysoginistic Japanese men without thinking on the veracity of this information. Furthermore, Sankaku seems to be a Chinese hangout given many of the commenters use of Queen's English as opposed to American English along with all the pro China articles.

    Just admit it.

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