As the spotlight of the world will soon be on Japan for major global sporting events over the next two years, don't expect to see any adult magazines on the shelves of convenience stores. The three top chains in Japan -- 7-Eleven Japan Co. A spokesman for 7-Eleven told Reuters the change had also come about as the demographics of shoppers at their stores also shifted.
People were only reading them for the articles, anyway. It seems I was not alone in this thought all those years ago. On January 21, major Japanese convenience stores Lawson and 7-Eleven announced that they would be pulling adult magazines from their shelves by August of this year.
Kyodo News reported that Lawson Inc, another major chain, would follow suit. A spokesman for 7-Eleven said the change had also come about as the demographic of shoppers at their stores altered. Magazine racks are usually close to the front of the store and are not covered.
On Tuesday Jan. FamilyMart also revealed that since April roughly 2, of its locations had already stopped carrying adult magazines. A FamilyMart representative explained that this move was in order to make their stores more family and foreigner friendly. FamilyMart is not the only convenience store to say goodbye to pornographic magazines, though.
It has been documented in many books in English, most recently Pink Box. For those who can read Japanese, there is another window into this slightly hidden but nearly omnipresent world: brothel guides, published as monthly magazines. These magazines include Manzoku and Naitaito name but two.
As many foreign visitors are eager to note, Japanese convenience stores are models of efficiency and organization, providing excellent quality products tailored to the needs of the neighborhood and to multiple customer profiles. In a sense, they are often like tiny versions of supermarkets. However, especially in recent years, there is one criticism of convenience stores which has become more frequent and it has to do with the magazine rack.
Foreign visitors to Japan are also often surprised to see adult magazines openly displayed at convenience stores. A man visiting from New York told me that the law in his state requires stores to place adult magazines out of sight of children, such as behind the front counter, although they can be openly displayed at shops barring minors. Publishers were also asked to label and package magazines as adult material.
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