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(Reuters)   Graying, shrinking tourist towns of Japan say they need legal casinos to attract foreigners and revive economy. "Hot springs, Japanese cuisine, Mt Fuji and geisha - these traditional Japanese things alone are not enough"   (reuters.com ) divider line
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2013-12-02 07:13:50 AM  
Japan's weird.

Prostitution is illegal, but whores turn tricks right in front of the police stations and no one cares because technically it's a "massage" they're offering in public.

Gambling is illegal, but every single train station in the country has at least one pachinko parlor and everyone who crosses the threshhold's playing for cash.

Marjuana's illegal like heroin is stateside, maybe even moreso, but you can buy purple drank and these low power opioid pills OTC.
 
2013-12-02 07:26:47 AM  

doglover: Japan's weird.

Prostitution is illegal, but whores turn tricks right in front of the police stations and no one cares because technically it's a "massage" they're offering in public.

Gambling is illegal, but every single train station in the country has at least one pachinko parlor and everyone who crosses the threshhold's playing for cash.

Marjuana's illegal like heroin is stateside, maybe even moreso, but you can buy purple drank and these low power opioid pills OTC.


I blame all that radiation.
 
2013-12-02 07:31:32 AM  
There are five things to do listed in the headline. I can do one of them right here in St Louis so adding that one won't get me to travel there.
 
2013-12-02 07:33:02 AM  

doglover: Prostitution is illegal, but whores turn tricks right in front of the police stations and no one cares because technically it's a "massage" they're offering in public.


What they need is full-contact geisha.
 
2013-12-02 07:48:55 AM  

edmo: There are five things to do listed in the headline. I can do one of them right here in St Louis so adding that one won't get me to travel there.


It's not aimed at you, it's aimed at the Chinese
 
2013-12-02 08:31:13 AM  
I wouldn't mind visiting Japan for those traditional aspects.  I just want someone else to pick up the bill.
 
2013-12-02 08:31:34 AM  

doglover: Japan's weird.

Prostitution is illegal, but whores turn tricks right in front of the police stations and no one cares because technically it's a "massage" they're offering in public.

Gambling is illegal, but every single train station in the country has at least one pachinko parlor and everyone who crosses the threshhold's playing for cash.

Marjuana's illegal like heroin is stateside, maybe even moreso, but you can buy purple drank and these low power opioid pills OTC.


In these respects Japan is actually like most countries.  America's weird in that they actually fund & enforce the laws they create to appease the uber-right.  Most countries have the good sense to make social taboos illegal to shut them up, then ignore them.
 
2013-12-02 08:33:23 AM  
Yes, who in their right mind would go to Japan to see the traditional side? Gambling is much more entertaining and something you absolutely can't do in your own country.
 
2013-12-02 08:41:14 AM  
One weird trick to getting this tourist NOT to ever visit your quaint little tourist trap is to put a casino in it.
I go places to see things I've never seen, and do things I've never done.
If I wanted to piss all my money away and feel like I was ripped off, I'd remarry
 
2013-12-02 09:01:28 AM  

Lost Thought 00: It's not aimed at you, it's aimed at the Chinese


This. For all of it.
 
2013-12-02 09:32:43 AM  

doglover: Japan's weird.

Prostitution is illegal, but whores turn tricks right in front of the police stations and no one cares because technically it's a "massage" they're offering in public.

Gambling is illegal, but every single train station in the country has at least one pachinko parlor and everyone who crosses the threshhold's playing for cash.

Marjuana's illegal like heroin is stateside, maybe even moreso, but you can buy purple drank and these low power opioid pills OTC.


The Japanese are masters at loopholes. Prostitution - selling sex - is illegal, but sex is defined as vaginal penetration, so anything else is perfectly fine. Plus, it's not like anybody's watching what goes on in a private soapland room. Pachinko parlour customers don't gamble for money - they gamble for prizes. The fact that those prizes are then later exchanged for money at an unrelated business down the street is of no concern.

// Particularly amused that the Shibuya soapland is immediately behind the Shibuya police box.
 
2013-12-02 10:17:09 AM  
I read that as Mr. Fuji


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2013-12-02 10:32:27 AM  

Lost Thought 00: edmo: There are five things to do listed in the headline. I can do one of them right here in St Louis so adding that one won't get me to travel there.

It's not aimed at you, it's aimed at the Chinese


Isn't that what Macau is for?
 
2013-12-02 10:45:22 AM  
Well, maybe if Japanese society wasn't so xenophobic they'd have better success at inviting people into spending money with them.
 
2013-12-02 11:04:54 AM  

imashark: Well, maybe if Japanese society wasn't so xenophobic they'd have better success at inviting people into spending money with them.


THIS'd

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2013-12-02 11:22:53 AM  
Woohoo! More Chinese wearing depends! Dis one rucky! I stay and clap pants! Pohk bun!
 
2013-12-02 11:53:37 AM  
DNRTA, but have they tried installing more vending machines that sell used women's panties?
 
2013-12-02 12:30:08 PM  

llortcM_yllort: Lost Thought 00: edmo: There are five things to do listed in the headline. I can do one of them right here in St Louis so adding that one won't get me to travel there.

It's not aimed at you, it's aimed at the Chinese

Isn't that what Macau is for?


No, that's for milk.
 
2013-12-02 12:33:57 PM  
What might be cool is some casino like Circus Circus going in and cleaning up / re-purposing Battleship Island. A combination resort, casino, spa/soapland, and small theme park all in one.
 
2013-12-02 01:15:45 PM  

dittybopper: llortcM_yllort: Isn't that what Macau is for?

No, that's for milk.


*snrk*
 
2013-12-02 02:32:16 PM  
It also should be noted that the geisha culture is pretty much running on fumes these days and bears no resemblance to its heyday unless you go to precisely the right spot, in which case its bears a mild resemblance. And if you want to take in the geisha culture properly, you'd better be prepared to spend weeks working at it very, very slowly, and pretty much just show up and shut up for the first week or two. If you're just going into a real geisha house as a one-off, don't bother, because they won't show you jack shiat. (I recommend a book called Women Of The Pleasure Quarters for more.)
 
2013-12-02 02:56:33 PM  

dittybopper: llortcM_yllort: Lost Thought 00: edmo: There are five things to do listed in the headline. I can do one of them right here in St Louis so adding that one won't get me to travel there.

It's not aimed at you, it's aimed at the Chinese

Isn't that what Macau is for?

No, that's for milk.


blakesnow.com
 
2013-12-02 07:16:53 PM  

imashark: Well, maybe if Japanese society wasn't so xenophobic they'd have better success at inviting people into spending money with them.


Pretty much.  For years they stopped just short of actively discouraging foreign tourism.   They've had a "Visit Japan!" campaign as of late to try to reverse that.

Despite all that, been there four times, enjoyed it muchly.

I would be afraid of what more gambling would do to crime levels - very low in Japan in general, especially street crime, but plenty of yakuza type bribery, corruption and protection money behind the scenes.   Pachinko parlors are a big part of that from some accounts.
 Other commenter is probably right in that it's aimed at the Chinese.
 
2013-12-02 09:15:24 PM  

dittybopper: doglover: Prostitution is illegal, but whores turn tricks right in front of the police stations and no one cares because technically it's a "massage" they're offering in public.

What they need is full-contact geisha.


...which makes them not-geisha.
 
2013-12-03 12:17:21 AM  

imashark: Well, maybe if Japanese society wasn't so xenophobic they'd have better success at inviting people into spending money with them.


Yeah, fark Japan. If they want foreign dollars they need to learn to like foreigners.

I had a guy tell me once that Japan's transgressions in WWII were bad, but he had to be proud of his past because he's Japanese. I said, "OK. I'm American so I have to be proud of slavery." He gave me the Japanese equivalent of the old Fark favorite, "false equivalence is false."
 
2013-12-03 04:47:36 PM  
What, The Love Pillows aren't enough?1-media-cdn.foolz.us
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/Can't post the fine art wood block print "Woman having sex with 2 octopus" NSFW.
 
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