Japanese porn industry hit by shortage of men

Japanese porn industry hit by shortage of men

The $20 billion dollar Japanese porn industry is under some threat, with only 70 male actors for 10,000 women actors. Hit the jump to see why.

Japanese “porn king Shimiken” is carrying the team on his back; the team being his entire nation. The 35-year-old is described as being the Cristiano Ronaldo of sex. He says, “It’s a hard job, but somebody’s got to do it.”

The actor, whose real name is Ken Shimizu, has slept with more than 8,000 women for his 7,500 movie career. Recently he caused a stir by begging for reinforcements, tweeting that there were more Bengali tigers alive than male porn actors in Japan. “There are about 70 male actors to 10,000 women,” he claims. Shimiken’s claim was retweeted thousands of times by fans worried about Japan’s $20 billion adult video industry coming under threat. “It is boring for viewers to watch the same actors all the time. That’s the biggest worry,” he said.

Shimiken insisted he has the staying power to keep on going, despite making an eye-popping two to three films in an average day.

Usually I sleep with two or three girls a day, so I have sex for about two hours every day. It’s my dream job — I’ve been doing this for 17 years and I never get bored of it. It beats working in an office. I’ll do this until I’m 100.

Shimiken just might be working until he’s 100 if the decline in male actors continues. Many industry insiders blame the conundrum on a growing social trend known as herbivore men. The term is used to describe men who stray away from sex and things that are traditionally considered masculine. These men would rather live quiet and uncompetitive lifestyles.

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Tohjiro, a famed director, agrees Japanese men are going soft.

I’ve been in this business for 27 years and you can see the increase in herbivore males. Men aren’t hungry anymore. They’ve lost their desire. Everything’s on a plate for them. It wasn’t like that for my generation. If we got a banana or a pineapple, we went crazy with joy. These days, men don’t get excited by anything. The same applies to sex and attitude towards women and relationships. They just click on the internet for it.

I don’t know about you, but I’m about to look up ticket prices to Japan. I always wanted to visit Tokyo.