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Japanese Private Eye Soapland Queen First Half

Men's Cyzo - Original Japanese Date: October 1st, 2012
English Translation Published: September 15th, 2014

The true story of an ambitious Japanese woman from the boonies of Kyushu who becomes a private investigator before switching gears to work at a soapland.

(Translator's note: this is the third entry in the Men's Cyzo Japanese Sex Worker Series. Category-wise, they're not exactly Editorials though they feature pieces based on opinion and less fact and they're not exactly Interviews due to less focus on questions & answers and more focus on a narrative flow. What they are for sure are great reads into the Other Side of Japan that is only hinted at in mass consumption media. This is prime reading material for those wanting to know more about the various sex industries that make up Japan's red light district along with adult video from unique perspectives of those who actually walked the walk.)


Based on what one sees through movies and books, sex workers in Japan seem to be uneducated. No brains, but stellar bodies is the general image most associate with them. However, our general conceptions of Japanese sex workers are far from the truth.

Today we will look at C-ko, a sex worker who served in the student council before becoming the class vice president and also was an honors student. Far from hating studies, C-ko devoured textbooks passionately and even attended a juku. Up until now, her story was pretty normal.

Everything changed after C-ko's first experience. Her partner was not a classmate. It was her cram school math teacher.

He may have planned for this. We were having a study session at his house and he instructed my classmates to go home, but requested that I remain.

There was an age difference of 7 years. I asked if she had feelings for her teacher and she replied in the negative. However, she also mentioned she did not dislike him either. It was around this time that her male classmates became more into sex and many took on a carnivorous mindset. On the other hand, sex for her still wasn't something she liked nor disliked. C-ko's first time truly enjoying sex was a few years later and her partner ended up becoming her first boyfriend.

He was a virgin and I really liked him. Having sex was an enjoyable experience.

C-ko seems the type that looks at things for their far off purposes instead of just being in the present. In spite of this—or perhaps due to it—her relationship with her first boyfriend did not last long. The changes that overcame her during this fragile time in her life overruled her desire to remain in school. With a GED under her belt, she left her hometown in Kyushu and went upstream to Tokyo. Due to the [strange and inefficient] ways Japanese college entrance exams work in terms of one's age, C-ko was not eligible to sit for an exam until she was old enough. However, she could still take exams for job placement and qualifications. This latter college-free path was the one that C-ko with her above-average intelligence opted to take.

Many young women in rural Japan dream of swapping out their bucolic life of boredom for that of the big city. There, with more luck than anything else, they'll achieve their fantasies of becoming an idol. C-ko did not subscribe to this set of ideals. She went to Tokyo to become a private investigator—a sleuth if you will. From the perspective of us normal folk, this type of shady employment is nothing but an urban legend. C-ko found the job description interesting and based on that and only that ping of curiosity decided to become one.

I had to ask: “What did your parents say about wanting to become a Tokyo private eye?” “Well,” replied C-ko, “both my parents ran their own businesses instead of taking the salaryman route so they subscribed to a different set of work beliefs and were totally fine with my decision.

Even more interesting is the type of sleuth C-ko became: one who specializes in destroying relationships. If Japanese private investigators in general are simple urban legends, than this type is their Big Foot and Sasquatch rolled into one. In order to put an end to cheating husbands, it wasn't rare for C-ko to take the role of a cute young woman to seduce misbehaving men into her grasp.

C-ko attended a performing arts school in Tokyo in order for to further hone her skills as a professional relationship destroyer. It's hard to imagine her classmates—young adults with their eyes set on becoming famous movie stars and stage performers—practicing lines with an equally young and ambitious woman looking to become Japan's top private investigator of romances gone bad.

With a gamut of viable acting skills under her belt, C-ko set out to become a formidable relationship destroyer for hire. Every case handed to her was different, but most took anywhere from several weeks to several months to complete. Sometimes even sex was involved and the fees she charged ranged from several tens of thousands of yen to hundreds of thousands of yen (approximately $X,XXX - $XX,XXXUSD).

What's more, she's full of pride. I asked her if she ever had to return money due to a failed case. “I've never failed” was her reply. With her beautiful looks matched with a powerful brain, she may have found her chosen field. And with a perfect track record, money was something C-ko had no reason to worry about.

However, just like her days as a high school student in the boondocks suffering from a serious case of ennui, change was something C-ko yearned for again. Our successful Japanese relationship-destroying private investigator somehow became ensorcelled by soaplands and that's where this story will continue.


To be concluded...


Written by Mikako Kikuchi.
Mikako Kikuchi was born on March 17th, 1977 in Morioka, Iwate Prefecture. Between the ages of 21 and 29, she worked as a cabaret club hostess, telephone sex operator, and an AV actress. She now writes for a living.


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(Translator's note: A private investigator for destroying relationships who also wants to work in a soapland? That's an intense combination that requires an incredible work ethic along with an incredible love (or hate?) for sex. C-ko's as rare as they come.)

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