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Japan to tighten crackdown on coercion in porn video business

The Japanese government will tighten its crackdown on the coercion of young women in pornographic videos by deploying specialists in prefectural police departments across the country. A set of measures, compiled by the government, also calls on authorities to strengthen support and consultation services for victims of sexual exploitation. It…

The Japanese government will tighten its crackdown on the coercion of young women in pornographic videos by deploying specialists in prefectural police departments across the country.

A set of measures, compiled by the government, also calls on authorities to strengthen support and consultation services for victims of sexual exploitation.

It urges municipal governments to establish ordinances prohibiting so-called JK business, which offers services by joshi kosei or female high school students. While not explicitly advertised, sexual services are effectively provided as off-menu options in many cases.

"I urge authorities to tackle the issue with the strong resolve not to create more victims," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said at a government panel meeting.

The specialists will be tasked with tightening crackdowns on scouts who force women to perform in porn videos, as well as educating people that sexual exploitation, including JK business, is "violence against women."

In April, police took action against 23 people involved in scouting for women to coerce into performing in porn videos, as well as six business managers and customers in five cases related to JK business.

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