September 02, 2008

Beware the bimbo

This is rather terrifying: in Japan now there are beautiful young women who work as paid seducers. They work for detective agencies and deliberately try to trap married men. This is done on behalf of wives who want to get rid of their husbands. (via)

Once the case is over, the young woman quietly disappears from the target’s life. He never discovers that she was an agent. If he is persistent, she says she’s moving to a far-off city. They text for a while, then he forgets her. If that doesn’t work, Tomiya arranges for a man who sounds like a gangster to phone or pay him a visit and tell him to take his hands off his girl. That always does the trick.

Sounds like a practical use for "Talk like a Yakuza".

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in General Anime at 04:40 PM | Comments (12) | Add Comment
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1 And you are surprised by this ...why?

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at September 02, 2008 05:03 PM (V5zw/)


This seems like the polar opposite of the Yamato Nadesico.

But that's not rhe real point. I hadn't heard of anything like this before, and not just in Japan. Maybe I'm naive or something. I'm sure there have been isolated cases of this kind of thing, but it stuns me a bit that it's become a profession.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at September 02, 2008 05:58 PM (+rSRq)

3 It just doesn't strike me as surprising at all. Japanese women are not   moe' maidens..they are women, and women tend to initiate a majority of divorces in most civilized countries. That a cunningly awful scheme to maximize their alimony and other payments when they decide to bid up has arisen in a country that has an awful lot of..."discrete services" isn't surprising to me.

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at September 02, 2008 06:20 PM (V5zw/)

4 Hmmm....

I should clarify that I'm not suggesting that Japanese women (or women) tend to be evil, just that they are people like everybody else.

If the guys who are "victims" in this didn't, you know...act on their disloyal urges they might not end up divorced and if they did they might not have to pay so much.

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at September 02, 2008 06:35 PM (V5zw/)

5 And finally...having read the linked article again more closely, and found out that the "victim" is a wife beater...I feel that in getting a night with the young seductress, he got rather better than he deserved. 

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at September 02, 2008 06:39 PM (V5zw/)


I wasn't making a moral judgment. I wasn't condemning her. I was just expressing surprise.

You seem to be inferring a great deal that I didn't imply.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at September 02, 2008 06:59 PM (+rSRq)

7  You did say it was terrifying....
...anyway I wasn't ragging on you and meant no offense. I'm sorry if my tired-typing caused any.

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at September 02, 2008 07:20 PM (V5zw/)

8 I remember reading about a service like this in England, too.  It's strange that there doesn't seem to be one in America, although adultery has no legal effect on divorce here (as it does in Japan, and I guess in England), and the "embarrassment value" is about nil, so maybe that's why.
I actually have some sympathy for the poor guys in Japan.  It's a fact a lot of Japanese women, once they get married, consider themselves "Mama" and not "lover/girlfriend" any more.  They cut their hair in a "practical" style, dump all their nice clothes, quit wearing makeup, and now consider sex as a matter of procreation...only.  I've seen it happen.  There's a reason Japan has such a huge sex industry, and why it's a country where mistresses are very common (and often cheerfully accepted by the wives, who view her with a sort of relief--"At last he'll leave me alone to raise the kids!").

Posted by: Toren at September 02, 2008 09:22 PM (atCpK)

9 Some years ago, I heard a report on NPR about a study showing that men are far more vulnerable (if that's the word) to this sort of thing than women. The study had some design problems -- for instance, it was not clear that the male "seducers" were as good at what they did as the women -- but somehow no one was really surprised at this result.

["Seducers" in quotes because they never allowed things to progress to actually having sex.]

Posted by: refugee at September 02, 2008 09:42 PM (l5DzU)

10 Someone had to do a study to "find out" men are more susceptible to being seduced than women.

..........  >sigh<

Our tax dollars at work.  And only NPR would be shocked, shocked I tell you, to find out men and women are different.  Oy.

Posted by: Toren at September 02, 2008 11:12 PM (atCpK)

11 If the guy had only hired Philip Marlowe to investigate, not only would Marlowe clear his name, he (Marlowe) would get the girl as well.

Who would then be tragically killed, of course, since this is now a Film Noir plot, and that's just the way things go.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at September 03, 2008 06:18 AM (PiXy!)

12 Well, the example they give in the article, 'Takashi', the male seducer did mentioned that doing what he does IS hard work, and he does up to 5 cases at a time.

Posted by: BigFire at September 03, 2008 09:18 AM (s/TGa)

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