KANAGAWA (TR) – The Tokyo and Kanto regional tax bureaus have accused a nationwide chain of sex clubs of concealing income totalling 60 million yen over the five years leading up to 2011, it was learned on Thursday, reports the Asahi Shimbun (Dec. 11).
According to the bureaus, the Yes Group, whose headquarters is in Yokohama, had claimed between 80,000 and 100,000 yen per month used for purchases of nutritional drinks as welfare and other expenses on tax filings. The bureaus applied a tax penalty of 20 million yen, which the company has paid.
The group specializes in “fashion health” services, which typically means oral sex as administered by hostesses attired in uniforms, often those of cabin attendants or office ladies.
According to a person affiliated with the Yes Group, organized crime members demanded payment of “protection money” — known as mikajimeryo — from the company’s Yokohama shops about 10 years ago. After the group refused to oblige, a number of shops received threats, including broken bottles on the premises.
To mitigate the harassment, the company began purchasing the nutritional drinks through a separate company in lieu of making the mikajimeryo payments.