Gas Panic in Roppongi raided, six arrested

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TOKYO (TR) – Two establishments within the popular Gas Panic chain of nightclubs were cited by police late last month for licensing violations, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Dec. 1).

Police raided club GP Bar and Club 99 in the Roppongi entertainment district of Tokyo on November 29 for allowing dancing in violation of the Law Regulating Adult Entertainment Businesses — a nationwide code with sections regarding nightlife activities.

Five arrests were made, including 34-year-old manager Hidenori Wakita.

Frequented by young people and foreigners, the clubs had been under surveillance for several years, the report says.

GP Bar typically serves 100 guests per evening and collects a monthly revenue of 20 million yen. The chain has two additional outlets in Tokyo’s Shibuya district.

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7 Responses to "Gas Panic in Roppongi raided, six arrested"

  1. Tom   December 7, 2009 at 9:06 am

    That’s terrible. The owner is one impressive woman. The last manager went on to get remarried and begin a new family. And I have to say that the owner was very kind and good to us foreigners under the company employ. Maybe it was time for the president to be replaced. Hope the club survives and carries on into the future.

  2. CJ   December 7, 2009 at 10:11 am

    I met her once. I agree with your sentiments. I doubt it had much to do with the president. Over the past few years a lot of places in Roppongi have been getting shut. This appears to be the start of a new round of busts.

    Here is a general idea of what I mean: