Love Hotels

in Law in Everyday Japan

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print August 2005 | ISBN: 9780226894027
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226894096 | DOI:
Love Hotels

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This chapter discusses sex and love hotels in Japan, exploring the extent to which law and social change account for the popularity and usage patterns of these establishments. It also explores the role of Japanese love hotel regulation. Although law did not create love hotels, it influences significantly their numbers, location, and form, because love hotel regulation is so integrally linked with social and historical notions of sex, sexuality, privacy, and the role of the state in a previously unexamined context. The 1985 revision of the Entertainment Law led to a reduction in numbers of “real” love hotels but ushered in an era of prosperity for hotels that did not fit the definition of love hotel in the statute but nevertheless provided a similar service. The net effect of the legislation and the social changes that fostered the regulatory change was a healthier overall market for love hotels. Whether that is a plus or a minus is hard to say, even for initial supporters of the law, but the evidence suggests that one important cause of the trend was the law.

Keywords: law; legislation; love hotels; entertainment law

Chapter.  18156 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Law

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