Male Japanese porn stars are rarer than Bengal tigers - according to Japan's porn king Shimiken

Actor, who has starred in over 7,000 adult films, has asked men to join the industry

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Male Japanese porn actors are rarer than Bengal tigers – according to the ‘King’ of Japanese adult entertainment.

Shimiken, a Japanese porn star who has appeared in over 7,000 adult films in his career, tweeted: “There are only 70 or so male adult video actors. That’s less than the number of Bengal tigers”.

His remarks provoked a Twitter storm in Japan, with his remarks being re-tweeted nearly 3,000 times as users weighed in on the debate.

The actor continued, “there are ten thousand adult video actresses, and with four thousand releases every month, the number of male actors simply isn’t enough.”

However, Brian Ashcraft, a Japan Times columnist and contributing editor of Wired, has cast some doubt on the figures, despite noting a piece published a few years ago citing the introduction of 6,000 new female porn actresses to the industry every year.

Shimiken was tweeting in an effort to encourage more men to enter his profession.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) estimates there are around 2,500 Bengal tigers left. Their natural habitats have been widely destroyed and there are no suitable reserves left to support an effective population of at least 250 individual tigers.

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