After several attempts at legislating against the practice during the Occupation from 1945 to 1952 and again after Japan regained its independence in 1952, what became the Prostitution Prevention Law finally passed through the National Diet in 1956.
Its enactment was held off until April 1958 to give workers in the industry time to find new professions or enter into government-run rehabilitation centers (where the cost of feeding the occupants was famously less per day than what the Tokyo Metropolitan Government would pay for meals for dogs awaiting euthanasia in pounds).
Spoiler for Sex workers in a red light district in 1950:
Spoiler for A prostitute and john at her hotel workplace in January 1949:
Spoiler for Students hang out near an area where prostitutes serviced U.S. military members (their U.S. servicemen clients):
Spoiler for Prostitutes waiting for customers in Osaka's Tobita Shinchi in 1956:
Spoiler for Arrested streetwalkers are loaded onto prosecutors' truck in July 1950:
Spoiler for Pan-pan prostitutes solicit customers near the old U.S. Tachikawa Air Base in suburban Tokyo in 1956:
Spoiler for Streetwalkers arrested after a raid in Tokyo's Nerima-ku in August 1954:
Spoiler for Prostitutes give written statements to police in June 1953:
Spoiler for A list of top prostitutes from the mid-Meiji Era (1868-1912):