Japan’s independent variable has risen in the last six months, buoyed by a steady rise in sales of escort services, as consumers seek more independence from traditional relationships.
Sales of independent escorting rose 6.4% to 7.7 billion yen ($81.6 million) in March, the highest rate since November 2013, the National Police Agency said in a monthly report on Friday.
Sales for independent escort services are up by 15% from a year earlier, the agency said.
They account for nearly 10% of Japan’s economy.
The number of independent escort customers is up 9.3% from February, the police said.
Sales for independent escort services are also up 7.5% from January.
The numbers reflect the rise in demand for the services, which are typically booked in a day or two.
The rise in independent escorter sales was largely driven by an increase in women choosing to wear skirts, the NHK television network said.
This year, sales of skirts rose to 2.6 billion yen, up 14% from the previous year.
Sales were also up in some categories, such as men’s and women’s underwear.
Independent escorts have also started to offer private parties.