Young attractive girls in Japan, who want to capitalize on their good looks, are on the lookout for middle-aged men who are willing to become their mentors or daddies called the “Papakatsu.” These “mentors,” of course, must also be able to afford their companionship.
This latest Japanese trend of hooking up with an older guy, in some ways, is very similar to enjo-kosai or “compensated dating,” a popular practice where teen-aged girls get involved with older men who offer money or gifts in exchange for companionship or other favors. Papakatsu, however, is an entirely different concept according to the girls who engage in it, reported RocketNews24.
The Japanese girls who already have a sugar daddy say Papakatsu does not revolve around amorous feelings or physical desire and can be more described as a relationship between a hostess and her client.
“It’s the same as getting presents from friends,” a Papakatsu-supporting website said.
The general concept of Papakatsu has a girl getting a sugar daddy who is expected to shower her with gifts, money and bring her to expensive meals/dinners just for the privilege of her company.
Of course, things don’t always go according to plan, as one comment made by a Papakatsu girl posted on the site shows:
“This sucks! I got cheated by my ‘daddy’. It was our second time out, and even though we’d agreed that he’d pay me 20,000 yen (approximately US$200) for two hours of my time over dinner, while we were eating he got up and excused himself to the bathroom, and then left and went home, so I was stuck with the 30,000 yen (US$295) bill. I went to the police, but they told me that because it was a personal dispute, I wouldn’t be able to file a report. I’m so disappointed.” [Original post here.]
In such cases, there is usually nothing else a girl can do when her “daddy” just abandons her without paying the bill.
The prostitution-like concept of this growing trend, of course, has received tons of backlash and criticism among various sectors of Japan. One problem that many point out is the lack of protection for the girls in any case a transaction gets awry. Like prostitution and compensated dating, teen-aged girls expose themselves to serious threat when meeting strangers.
Sugar babies however, remain undeterred despite criticisms. To one Papakatsu girl like Ms. Yuyuna, there are just too many haters:
“People against having sugar daddies just don’t have the courage to get one themselves, or they’re not pretty enough to make much if they did so they’re just jealous of cute girls that are investing in themselves. What’s so wrong about having a sugar daddy? We’re just fulfilling a demand and it’s not any of your business.” [Original post here.]
The growing popularity of Papakatsu has been somewhat attributed to women having more difficulty finding work at hostess clubs and other nighttime services. This is because of stricter rules applied after the new My Number system (a social security number-like system) was recently rolled out in Japan.
Previously, a person’s personal records were not linked to a nation-wide database, allowing people to find alternative sources of income without declaring or paying taxes on. Today, night bar workers will be obliged to comply, making practices such as Papakatsu more financially viable for some girls.