University Of Kansas Researcher Looks Into Romance-For-Sale In Contemporary Japan | KCUR

University Of Kansas Researcher Looks Into Romance-For-Sale In Contemporary Japan

Nov 5, 2014

KU researcher Akiko Takeyama has been studying "the host" in Japanese society. The host is the male equivalent of the geisha, and became part of the Japanese economy with the decline of the seniority system and a shift from a manufacturing economy to a service economy. Changing gender roles, and expectations that Japanese women be "superwomen," demand that some tasks be outsourced; romance, an imported western concept according to Takeyama, is among them.

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