TOKYO (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police last week announced the bust of an underground pachinko parlor operating in the red-light district of Kabukicho, reports Fuji News Network (Mar. 1).
Officers took Koji Oyama, 29, an employee at club Thunder, and another staff member into custody for allegedly running a gambling operation in violation of the Law Regulating Adult Entertainment Businesses.
In December, Oyama installed 39 pachisuro pachinko machines inside a one-room apartment in a building in Kabukicho. Daily revenues for the club averaged 100,000 yen, police said.
Officers also arrested 10 customers.
The parlor opened at 9:00 p.m. and closed at noon. “I came because it was open late,” one customer taken into custody reportedly told police.
Oyama has reportedly admitted to the allegations. “There is no doubt that I provided a gambling venue to customers,” the suspect is quoted by police.