Several ‘urisen’ parlours operate in Tokyo’s 2-chome gay district offering prostitution, the subject of a new, award-winning documentary. Photo: Connie Kurtew

‘Boys for Sale’: the dark world of Japan’s gay prostitution

Although technically not illegal, gay prostitution remains cloaked in secrecy, and a new film reveals the ‘boys’ themselves often have no idea about the health risks they are taking

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Several ‘urisen’ parlours operate in Tokyo’s 2-chome gay district offering prostitution, the subject of a new, award-winning documentary. Photo: Connie Kurtew
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Julian Ryall

Julian Ryall

Julian Ryall never expected to still be in Japan 24 years after he first arrived, but he quickly realised its advantages over his native London. He lives in Yokohama with his wife and children and writes for publications around the world.