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World Stories: Fetish in Japan
First broadcast July 2007

A Japanese Manga magazine and a naked lady wearing only strips of newpaper

BBC World Service journalists come from every corner of the world. Balanced news reporting is their job - covering the news minute-by-minute is what drives them most of them time.

In this special series of programmes, ten BBC journalists tell stories that have a bigger message about life on our planet: emotive, human stories that humble us.

These world stories offer extraordinary insight across cultures. These are the stories our journalists have always wanted to tell.

Programme Nine: Fetish in Japan

In Japan, every sexual fantasy or fetish has its outlet.

From so called image clubs where men can pretend they are in a train groping fellow passengers, and the "maid cafes" where clients are served and called "master" by girls dressed in French maid outfits, to a magazine dedicated to silicon "love dolls", the streets of Tokyo hide an incredible variety of business catering to sexual desires.

Japan is a country of apparent contradictions. Japanese people have very formal work and interpersonal relationships.

On the other hand, there is an extremely kinky underground world.

Are these two spheres of Japanese society really as different as they seem? Or is one the direct consequence of the other?

Reporter Ilana Rehavia set out on a Japanese adventure to find the answer and understand what is really behind this intricate and highly specific sex industry.

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