"Besides his glowing complexion, Shigeo Tokuda looks like any other 74-year-old man in Japan. Despite suffering a heart attack three years ago, the lifelong salaryman now feels healthier, and lives happily with his wife and a daughter in downtown Tokyo. He is, of course, more physically active than most retirees, but that's because he's kept his part-time job — as a porn star."Apparently, this story has even made its way into the mainstream media. (via Jezebel.com) Although, I guess I can see why:
"In other news, gas prices have hit record highs thanks to a recession and two wars in the Middle East but, hey America! (jingles keys) Look over here! It's an old Japanese guy having sex for a living! Icky!" (cue Viagra commercial)
Over a thousand years of culture in Japan and all we hear about it over here is wacky game shows and senior citizen porn. (And to think I don't own a TV.)
Two things from the article surprised me (aside from that whole part about a 74 year old being a porn star).
First was that the guy's wife and daughter apparently don't know about it. That's got sitcom written all over it.
The other was this quote:
Japan is repeatedly found to be one of the most sexless societies in the industrialized world.Most of the people I worked with (myself included, can I get an "amen"?) found it hard not having sex in Japan. (What's that? Oh... hi mom! I, uh... that parenthetical was, uh... you know, hypothetical. I mean, I imagine that's what it would have been like were I, you know, not saving myself for marriage and all. ahem.)
So, it turns out that we weren't particularly attractive or charming, it's just that the Japanese were really, really desperate.
Anyway, here's the Daily Show clip that alerted me to the story...
|The Daily Show With Jon Stewart||Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c|
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