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Brothel holiday




OSAKA — A self-imposed brothel ban will take effect in this Japanese city as the country is determined to paint itself in the best possible light for the G20 leaders summit starting on Friday.

Sex workers are volunteering to close all the area’s brothel doors for the first time since the 1989 funeral of Emperor Hirohito.

All 159 establishments in the traditional red-light district of Tobita-Shinchi will stay closed during the global event in a bid to offer a squeaky clean G20 image.

“We wanted to support the G20 in our own way,” said the head of the neighborhood association, who asked not to be identified.

Business will close during the summit on Friday and Saturday but already establishments had lowered the patterned white drapes to avoid any visitors taking offence at what lies within.