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Osaka police raid ‘girl’s bar’ businesses for licensing violations

OSAKA (TR) – Osaka Prefectural Police have initiated a crackdown on specialty hostess clubs in Kita Ward for licensing violations, reports Mainichi Broadcasting System (Nov. 13).

At approximately 1:25 a.m., officers raided Godzilla, a so-called “girl’s bar,” and arrested manager Kyohei Takada, 27, for providing customers with entertainment without a proper license under the Law Regulating Adult Entertainment Businesses.

A girl’s bar is licensed as a drinking establishment but offers services nearly equivalent to that of an adult-entertainment club.

According to police, Godzilla bills itself as an “amusement bar” where customers can enjoy darts and karaoke. Under the adult-entertainment law, it is not necessary for such an establishment to gain permission to operate if the female employees serve from behind a counter. However, the staff sat at tables with the customers in pouring drinks at Godzilla.

Kyohei Takada
Kyohei Takada (Twitter)

Police raided four other businesses in the ward on the same charges. The sweep resulted in a total of five arrests.

This year, about 20 customers of such bars have lodged complaints about being overcharged, a practice known as bottakuri, police said.