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Here is random “WTF Japan?” for you: a Japanese court has indirectly endorsed adultery for business purposes if the sex is predicated on securing future club patronage by the customer:

Some experts said the ruling effectively endorsed adultery, as long as the third party – in this case the hostess – was motivated by financial gain.

The judge, Masamitsu Shiseki, said the hostess had slept with the customer only to secure his continued patronage of the club she runs in the capital’s Ginza shopping and entertainment district.

High-class hostess clubs charge customers large sums to spend time drinking, chatting and singing karaoke in the company of female staff, but they do not offer sexual services.

Shiseki said the hostess’s actions were more akin to prostitution than an affair, and dismissed the wife’s ¥4m (£20,860) claim for emotional distress.

The wife was asking for ¥4m, which is merely $33,000. There are no million-dollar judgments in Japan, unlike the crazy US, where people try to use the court system as some mock “get rich quick” scheme.

This type of legal opinion is likely only to be found in Japan. The rest of the world has already caught up with modern societal norms around adultery.

France 24 on real-life 40-year-old virgins in Japan and the heartache they experience because of their lack of any real relationship knowledge or education:

Matchmaking expert Yoko Itamoto says the economic emasculation has taken its toll on Japan’s men, as more of them struggle to find secure, full-time jobs.

“Many men seem to have lost confidence as they’ve lost their economic muscle,” she said.

“In the past two decades, the situation for Japanese men has been very tough and competitive.”

The pain caused by an inability to form emotional and physical relationships with women is something that one 49-year-old architect, who did not wish to be named, knows too well.

Only twice in his life has he had romantic and sexual feelings for a woman — the first time in his mid-twenties and then again two decades later.

Both rebuffed him.

“It was devastating,” he told AFP. “It seemed to invalidate my life and take away my reason to live.”

On both occasions he suffered rapid weight-loss, and now fears he might live life as a singleton and a virgin.

Japan is not the hyper-sexual country the rest of the world believes it to be, thanks to its very peculiar yet highly popular cultural exports.