Westerners have been left open-mouthed after a survey of straight women in Japan revealed they don’t mind if their male partners have sex with prostitutes.
The revelation came in a YouTube video from content creator Takashi, who strives to show viewers the side of ‘Japan that the media fails to capture.’
In doing so, he took to the streets of Tokyo to ask women one question: ‘Does prostitution count as cheating?’
As the YouTuber vox-popped women on the streets, it became clear that most of them aren’t bothered if their partners pay other women for sex – and in some cases, they even prefer it.
The video, which amassed over seven million views, has left western viewers ‘speechless’ and in a state of disbelief.
Translated with subtitles from Japanese to English, Takashi speaks to a selection of women to gather a range of views on cheating culture in Japan.
In each conversation, Takashi simply asks: ‘Does prostitution count as cheating?’
The first pair of ladies agreed: ‘It does not [count as cheating].’
They continued: ‘I wouldn’t like it if they had feelings for the one, but I don’t care if it’s just for sex’, before breaking out into giggles.
Her friend added: ‘I’d rather they go to a prostitute than random girls.’
Takashi went on to approach a different pair of women, but this time they had differing views.
One said: ‘It does, I don’t understand why they want to go to a prostitue.’
But her friend disagreed and said: ‘It does not. It’s not good if they hide it. As long as there’s no feelings for prostitutes.’
Takashi continued to the next group where views were similar. One woman agreed: ‘It does not [count as cheating] if they don’t hide it.
‘I told my boyfriend ‘go to a prostitute if you want to cheat’, it’s ok if he pays money.’
The next person chimed in and said: ‘It does not [count as cheating] if there’s a decent reason’ such as ‘companionship’.
The last women added: ‘I would get upset, but it’s still acceptable.’
‘It’s kind of a part of Japanese culture. Japan is famous for its prostitution, so maybe it’s only in Japan.’
It is unclear from the clip whether the same expectations are placed upon women who seek prostitution.
Over 20 thousand viewers took the comment section to share their culture difference shared in the video.
One said: ‘I am mind blown. Speechless.’
A second added: ‘Takashi you’re blowing my mind with these. Thank you for sharing certain cultural differences.’
A third wrote : ‘I could never.’
A fourth person agreed and said: ‘That is crazy to say the least.’