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Number of sex-related businesses in Japan 2019, by type

In 2019, the most common business type operating in the Japanese sex industry were the over 21.6 thousand non store based service providers, such as call girls or delivery services for sex toys and adult-only items.
While prostitution is officially illegal in Japan, the domestic adult entertainment industry took advantage of legal loopholes to work around this ban. Businesses falling under the category of adult entertainment include, among others, adult-only bathhouses, strip clubs, massage services, love hotels as well as video- and phone-based services.

Number of businesses operating in the sex industry in Japan in 2019, by business type

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