Japan: Not So Pink in Kabuki-Cho

Not So Pink in Kabuki-Cho

"Right this way," the barkers used to murmur softly on the streets of Kabuki-cho, Tokyo's red-light district. "She'll show you everything!" No more. Responding to the cries of outraged citizens' groups and local businesses, the Japanese government cracked down last week on adult or, in the Japanese term, "pink" entertainment. Among the new regulations: all pink neon out by midnight, no more come-ons from bar girls, no new massage parlors in restricted areas, no new love hotels near schools or libraries. And no lewd barkers.

By midnight on P day, pornographic posters had disappeared in Kabuki-cho, love hotels had transformed themselves...

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