TOKYO (TR) – The president of major kyabakura club empire Prince Corporation has been arrested for licensing violations, reports the Yomiuri Shimbun (Jan. 16).
President Ryuhi Hayashi, 62, of the Kanagawa Prefecture-based firm was taken into custody on Saturday for operating a “girl’s bar” in Yokohama without a proper license under the nationwide Law Regulating Adult Entertainment Businesses.
A girl’s bar is a variation of a hostess club in which the club is legally registered as an after-hours, eating-and-drinking establishment so as to avoid more strict regulations under the adult-entertainment law. A bar or cafe appearance is provided while near hostess club services are rendered.
Annual revenue from the company’s 36 hostess and karaoke clubs, located primarily located in Kanagawa, is estimated at 5 billion yen.