In one case, which took place on an evening last month, Ryosuke Kanai, a 27-year-old employee of hostess club Ruchiru, demanded 170,000 yen from a pair of male university students after 30 minutes of service. The victims had previously agreed to a rate of 3,000 yen per hour.
For the three clubs, police made a total of four arrests. Kanai, who has been charged with violating a metropolitan ordinance that prohibits bottakuri, or overcharging, has denied the allegations.
The cases come amid a surge in customers being overcharged by clubs. On Wednesday night, members of the ward and volunteers patrolled the red-light district to issue warnings about disreputable establishments, according to Jiji Press (June 25).