U-15 gravure idol Saaya Irie

紗綾11歳 DVD from Amazon Japan

I remember there was some hoopla a while back about bikini photos of U-15 gravure idol Saaya Irie, who was 11 years old at the time. U-15, of course, means under-15, and in fact she was actually U-12 at her debut. What many people don't realize is that these "junior idols" are a mainstream part of Japanese life. If you check Amazon Japan (amazon.co.jp) you can actually find even younger innocent girls and boys who are not even in elementary school yet in provocative swimsuit poses, exploited by their cash-strapped pachinko-playing parents and sleazy industry producers. I have no problem with the expression of sexuality, but leave sexiness to the adults. Let the kids at least reach puberty first for almighty's sake before you start exploiting them.