Gas Panic in Roppongi busted over dancing

Officers raided GP Bar on Saturday night
Officers raided GP Bar on Saturday night

TOKYO (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Saturday evening raided a popular nightclub within the Gas Panic chain in the Roppongi entertainment district for improper licensing and took two employees into custody, reports the Sankei Shimbun (July 23).

At approximately 10:40 p.m., officers entered club GP Bar and arrested manager Takuya Muratani, 30, and disc jockey Yu Imamura, 33, for allegedly allowing dancing without a license in accordance with the Law Regulating Adult Entertainment Businesses.

Both suspects have reportedly admitted to the allegations. “The customers raise their hands at random (to the music),” the manager is quoted. “That does not mean we are forcing them to dance.”

Over the first six months of the year, customers at the club have been involved in 113 criminal incidents, including theft, police said. “This is a hotbed of crime,” an investigator is quoted by Jiji Press (July 23).

On Saturday, two girls, both 17 years of age, were taken into protective custody for being allowed to drink alcohol while being minors.

The club has generated 300 million yen in revenue since June of last year.

10 Responses to "Gas Panic in Roppongi busted over dancing"

  1. dutchvisitor   July 23, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    It’s weird to see how strict Japan is with clubs. In my country I know clubs that are far worse. For example there is a fight almost every week there or 15 year olds get in (Which is common everywhere), but they stay open. I’ve been to Gaspanic once, and to me it felt far from a hostile place. Everyone was friendly and were having a good time. So yeah. Being busted over dancing probably isn’t the reason they arrest the club manager. Give us the real reason.

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  3. abw   July 28, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    They just didn’t pay their “protection fees” the club scene in Japan is run by the Mob, that’s why the laws are in the police/politicians are in league with them.

    • Tokyo Reporter   July 29, 2013 at 10:06 am

      The busts occur quite regularly. It is doubtful it is due to lack of payment.

  4. Keith   July 29, 2013 at 2:40 am

    I use to love going to that bar when I lived in Japan. what I see is some crime has been happening there so the police used any accuse to put pressure on them. The JP’s are tough on crime.
    There was never a fight only people having good times when I was there.

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