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Japan's Booming Sex Niche: Elder Porn
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post Oct 16 2011, 06:07 AM
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Japan's Booming Sex Niche: Elder Porn
By Michiko Toyama Tuesday, June 17, 2008


The DVD box of a pornographic film starring Shigeo Tokuda, left

Besides his glowing complexion, Shigeo Tokuda looks like any other 74-year-old man in Japan. Despite suffering a heart attack three years ago, the lifelong salaryman now feels healthier, and lives happily with his wife and a daughter in downtown Tokyo. He is, of course, more physically active than most retirees, but that's because he's kept his part-time job as a porn star.

Shigeo Tokuda is, in fact, his screen name. He prefers not to disclose his real name because, he insists, his wife and daughter have no idea that he has appeared in about 350 films over the past 14 years. And in his double life, Tokuda arguably embodies the contemporary state of Japan's sexuality: in surveys conducted by organizations ranging from the World Health Organization (WHO) to the condom-maker Durex, Japan is repeatedly found to be one of the most sexless societies in the industrialized world. A WHO report released in March found that 1 in 4 married couples in Japan had not made love in the previous year, while 38% of couples in their 50s no longer have sex at all. Those figures were attributed to the stresses of Japanese working life. Yet at the same time, the country has seen a surge in demand for pornography that has turned adult videos into a billion-dollar industry, with "elder porn" one of its fastest-growing genres.

Tokuda is rare among Japanese porn stars in that his name has become a brand. The Shigeo Tokuda series he has just completed portray him as a tactful elderly gentleman who instructs women of different ages in the erotic arts, and he boasts a body of work far more impressive than most actors in their prime.

Tokuda's exploits have proved to be a goldmine for Glory Quest, which first launched an "old man" series, Maniac Training of Lolitas, in December 2004. Its popularity led the company to follow up with Tokuda starring in Forbidden Elderly Care in August 2006. Other series followed, and soon elder porn had revealed itself as a sustainable new revenue stream for the industry. "The adult-video industry is very competitive," says Glory Quest p.r. representative Kayoko Iimura. "If we only make standard fare, we cannot beat other studios. There were already adult videos with Lolitas or themes of incest, so we wanted to make something new. A relationship between wife and an old father-in-law has enough twist to create an atmosphere of mystery and captivate viewers' hearts."

Director Gaichi Kono says the eroticism of elders is captivating to younger viewers. "I think that, as a subject, there is this something that only an older generation has and the young people do not possess. It is because they lived that much more. We should respect them and learn from them," says Kono passionately.

But Tokuda stresses the appeal of his work to an audience of his peers: "Elderly people don't identify with school dramas," he says. "It's easier for them to relate to older-men-and-daughters-in-law series, so they tend to watch adult videos with older people in them." The veteran porn star plans to keep working until he's 80 or older, as long as the industry will cast him. Given the bullish market for his work, he's unlikely to go without work.

"People of my age generally have shame, so they are very hesitant to show their private parts," Tokuda says. "But I am proud of myself doing something they cannot." Still, he says, laughing, "That doesn't mean that I can tell them about my old-age pensioner job."

Japan's adult-video industry is believed to be worth as much as $1 billion a year, according to industry insiders, with the largest video-store chain Tsutaya releasing about 1,000 new titles monthly, while the mega adult mail-order site DMM releases about 2,000 titles each month. Although films featuring women in their teens and 20s are the mainstay of the industry, a trend toward "mature women" has become evident over the past five years. Currently, about 300 of the 1,000 adult videos on offer at Tsutaya, and 400 out of the 2,000 at DMM, are "mature women" films.

Ryuichi Kadowaki, director of Ruby Inc., which specializes in mature-women titles, says that when the company started offering the genre a few years ago, the term referred to actresses in their late 20s, and that last year it was expanded to those in their 70s. The company believes the advantage of mature titles is their enduring appeal. "Adult videos with young actresses sell well only in the first three months after the release," Kadowaki explains. "On the other hand, mature-women films enjoy a steady, long-term popularity, which after 10 years or so might lead to a best seller." And then there are the cost savings. A popular young actress can earn up to $100,000 per film, while a mature actress is paid only $2,000.

The market for elder porn has doubled over the past decade, according to Kadowaki. "In view of [Japan's] aging society," he adds, "I think that in the future, we will see a steady increase in demand."

Read more: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/...l#ixzz1awgF8hVN
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post Oct 16 2011, 09:18 AM
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Yuck
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post Oct 16 2011, 10:06 AM
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Ewwww! O.K! Japanese are beyond wierd!!!!
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post Oct 16 2011, 01:12 PM
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Never heard of this. Not "boom" at all there.

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post Oct 16 2011, 04:43 PM
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QUOTE (Bingbing5555 @ Oct 16 2011, 10:06 AM) *
Ewwww! O.K! Japanese are beyond wierd!!!!


OMG. you're calling all Japanese people "beyond weird" because one persons post some sick topic about porn that the average Japanese person hasn't even heard about.


By your logic, I can say because Bingbing555 is such a dumb-@$$ therefore Lao are a bunch of dumb-asses.
Does that make sense to you?


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post Oct 16 2011, 07:50 PM
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QUOTE (chiuchimu @ Oct 16 2011, 05:43 PM) *
OMG. you're calling all Japanese people "beyond weird" because one persons post some sick topic about porn that the average Japanese person hasn't even heard about.

By your logic, I can say because Bingbing555 is such a dumb-@$$ therefore Lao are a bunch of dumb-asses. Does that make sense to you?

Please stop trying to make excuses for Japan's strange behavior. What are people to think when Japan is a sexless country, yet they have the largest porn industry with some of the most backwards themes and weird fetishes imaginable? It's true the average Japanese person might not be like this, but this is what Japanese entertainment displays. So don't be angry with that person for thinking Japan is weird. Be angry at the people in Japan making this sick $hit, that basically give people the image that Japan is perverted.
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post Oct 16 2011, 10:07 PM
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It is no secret that Japan is known for being "weird".

However, they are also known for being cool. Japanese pop culture has a world wide following only rivalled by the US. Other Asian countries can't say that.

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post Oct 16 2011, 10:55 PM
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Old news. They had an article on this in the wsj, and it was due to older actors being cheaper and the population of aging men.
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post Oct 16 2011, 11:01 PM
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Yall just mad that old ugly dudes are fu-king hot b!tches and getting paid like 1-2 thousand usd a day.


Money gets them even more women




plus this fetish isn't even all that great I would only rate it perhaps a 6.5/10
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post Oct 17 2011, 05:35 AM
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Disgusting, but if that makes them happy...
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post Oct 17 2011, 07:56 AM
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This is why there aren't nice things...
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post Oct 17 2011, 07:58 PM
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this guy must snort coke before a shoot cus sex can be tiring
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post Oct 18 2011, 11:43 AM
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no not coke.. VIAGRA! embarassedlaugh.gif
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post Oct 18 2011, 06:53 PM
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viagra keeps a persons energy up too?
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post Oct 18 2011, 09:13 PM
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This applies to all elder porn of all races.
I'd rather watch Chaz Bono fu-k a chic. brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrlllllllll!!!!!!!
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