The problems in the Japanese porn industry

Japanese porn is very popular all over the world. But there is a big problem. That is the forced participation of women in adult videos. So today I’ll talk about the problems in the Japanese porn industry.

I read a book written by former porn actress Kaho Shibuya and I learned a lot that I’d like to share with you. If you want to know about the truth about porn actresses, I made a video about it based on her book. Please check it out. 

Also, Kaho Shibuya can speak English very well. Needless to say, her English is way better than mine and she is smart and funny.

In 2019, the NGO ”Human Rights Now” reported on the human rights violation of the forced participation of women in adult films. Once revealed, the problem was reported on by many media organisations.

In 1946, after World War Two, our emperor, originally seen as a god, declared his humanity. 70 years later, in 2016, our secret goddesses have finally been acknowledged as human.

One reason it became a big problem is that a popular porn video series showed something illegal and there was a crackdown by the police.
It was Bakobako Nakadashi Camp or Crazy Creampie Camp.

It’s a video series where professional porn actresses and normal men who applied to participate go to camp together in the mountains to enjoy a creampie gang bang.

This series was very popular and won many prizes in the porn academy awards in Japan. That’s why the news was a great shock in the porn industry.  For the porn world, it’s like if they were forced to stop releasing the Harry Potter series. They can’t use their magical sticks anymore

One of the actresses who took part in the video confessed that she was forced to have sex at that camp. Then, the CEO of the production company was caught breaking the Temporary Staffing Services Law and arrested. 

Also, having sex in the mountains is regarded as public indecency, so 9 porn actresses and 24 men were asked to make an official report. The men were amateurs, and they thought maybe some of them wouldn’t get erect due to nervousness, So they employed many men.

The interesting thing is the reason why the production’s CEO was arrested. It’s very difficult to arrest them over forcing actresses to participate, because the company can make the excuse that it was just a miscommunication. So it’s easier to arrest the company staff for the gang bang in a public place. It’s public indecency. So you could say that
They recognize pon actresses as human, but not fit for public. 

In fact, it was revealed that all the actresses and men agreed to have sex in the video. But one of the actresses was found out by her boyfriend and so she made the excuse that she was forced to join the bakobako camp. But I think it’s not fair that only the woman is in trouble with her boyfriend.

She should get angry with him too and say
“Why did you watch the Crazy Creampie Camp video?
“You are such a pervert! You are fucking Hentai!!”

After this incident, one problem came out in the porn industry. The law is ill-defined. If one company CEO can be arrested, then all companies that hire porn stars are just as at risk. They won’t know until after they’ve been arrested if they are safe or not.

Japanese porn makers are the same as foreign stand-up comedians.
They are fighting the line that they can’t see. At one time, porn video makers really worried about filming sex outside.

In a video trailer for “Japanese Porn Actress Climbs Rocky Mountain and Tries to Find a Treasure Dick”, even though they shot the video in a mountain, they blurred all the backgrounds behind the actress.

Japan is the only country where the mountains are not only foggy but actually blurry too.

And that camp video changed the Japanese porn industry. The forced participation of women is a big problem in our society. But no one is surprised to learn this fact. We already know the porn industry is related to forced labour, like Nike and sweatshops. We knew it but we never admitted it.

Since then, a third party oversees the porn industry and makes sure they follow the rules. Under these rules, finally porn actresses can get money from secondary use of their videos and if they want, they can stop their videos from being sold. But unfortunately they can’t stop selling the videos that are uploaded on illegal sites or copied.

As soon as possible, we should stop selling porn videos to China.

Our government should protect our country’s most important intellectual property rights.

And also, for videos that were already bought by someone, the video’s ownership moved to them. So they don’t have the right to stop them from selling them. To be honest, their new rule doesn’t cover many cases.
We may say, this is the Japanese porn industry’s Obamacare

Former porn actress, Mariko Kawana created a new organization to try and support porn actresses. So she made a statement against the forced participation of women in videos. But many video production companies filed complaints against her.

Because she tried to contact the actresses directly. There is a strict rule in the industry that you can only contact actresses through the company.
But porn actresses saying “We are not forced to work.” Through the production company seems to be the same as Chinese people saying

 “China has freedom of speech!” Through Weibo.

On the other hand, in 2017 another video production company also created a new organization and they declared, “We never force the participation of women in porn films”. Only production companies that are a member of their group are approved as “appropriate” videos.
But in 2018, a CEO of one of the member company’s was arrested for forced participation.

It seems that removing forced labor in the porn industry is mission impossible. Kaho Shibuya said there is a silent rule in the industry that “Even if you were forced to be a porn actress, you can’t confess it.”

If It were America, the Japanese porn industry would be like New York or San Francisco. There is strong peer pressure and you never confess if you are a Trump supporter.

Active porn actresses think they want to protect their industry because they currently earn money in it and they worry about their relationships with the companies if they admit to being forced, as the company would be in a lot of trouble. Only retired porn actresses say “actresses are still forced to participate!!” Same as the US, only after moving to a suburban area can they confess.

She said the porn industry is changing. It’s obviously getting better compared to before. Now before actresses contract with a company, they have to read the contract out loud. It includes a part saying there is a risk of being found out, and at any point in time you can refuse to do it. And they record it…

But now adult productions are really worried about it. Because some people working for companies were arrested. To avoid being arrested, when they sign a contract with an actress, they are really careful. 

It’s called protecting women’s rights.

I know some people who are working in porn industry as directors and producers. They have a passion and they are working so hard to make porn videos to entertain people. When not sleeping, they are making porn videos.

I have a video in which I interviewed my friend who has experience working in the porn industry. You can learn a lot from him! I hope our Japanese porn industry protects women’s rights and makes great jobs.

Because now porn is our culture.