The times they are a changing, also in Japan apparently. The land of the rising sun, known around the world for its ‘peculiar’ taste in sex, is taking a major step to clean up its act.
Retail chain Aeon decided that it will no longer be selling pornographic magazines in any of its 7,000 outlets across Japan after having received multiple complaints from customers, as from next year.
One of the convenience store outlets, called Ministop, will already suspend sales of said magazines (aimed at anyone over the age of 18) in its 43 stores in the city of Chiba as from 1 December.
Ministop (which has some 2,200 stores all cross Japan) President Mr. Akihiro Fujimoto: "We have been receiving reports from customers who think twice about entering stores when they are with a child."
"In order to fulfill our mission of being part of the social fabric, we will make our stores a place that everyone can use in peace."
The company claims the shift comes as a response to an increased number of female customers, including those who come in to buy prepared foods and side dishes for family meals with young children in tow.
Chiba Mayor, Mr. Toshihito Kumagai claimed he was glad about Ministop’s decision to stop selling pornographic magazines: "I hope (Ministop's move) will create a momentum for stores that young people, as well as women, can use comfortably at all times."
It remains to see how the other chain convenience store operators in Japan, Seven-Eleven, Lawson, and FamilyMart will deal with the issue.
The move is seen as a preparation by the Japanese government to clean up the look of Japanese cities before an expected influx of visitors in 2020 for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.
I remember when 7/11 did that in the United States, but they sell it again now. They lost a lot of business from that.