Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Japanese female private detectives.

Following up on yesterday's entry, here's an excerpt from an article of the Japan Advertiser, 12 Jan. 1922, on female private detectives:

"Extreme eagerness has been manifested by the modern young women of Japan in taking up the profession of the detective. The 'Shritzu Tantei Sha,' a private detective bureau of Imairi-cho, Shiba-ku, is proud of having two able female detectives, Miss Yaeko Nakuhara and Miss Tsuruoko Sato, and on average two dozen young women apply to this bureau a month for employment. Most of them, though, fail to qualify through lack of will power, observation or ability to reason. [sic] The two successful ones are paid to possess all these qualitifications besides good looks and tact, and many difficult cases have been solved by them. Miss Nakahara said: 'Recently I went into the home of a wealthy gentleman as a servant girl and removed a long-standing trouble by detecting the secret of the wife, who had deserted from the path of virtue.'"

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