KANAGAWA (TR) – The parent company of a chain of detective agencies staffed by women and specializing in adultery has initiated bankruptcy proceedings, it was learned on Friday.
According to Tokyo Shoko Research, An Agency, based in Yokohama’s Kanagawa Ward, filed bankruptcy papers at the Yokohama District Court on March 22 under an accumulated debt of 120 million yen.
The company operates the Ahrwin Women’s Detective chain. The firm features female detectives who do a number of investigative activities, most notably investigating men whose wives suspect they have been engaging in extra-marital affairs. According to its website, the firm has handed more than 15,000 cases related to adultery.
Ahrwin regularly runs advertisements in print and on television featuring female celebrities, including socialite Dewi Sukarno.
According to Tokyo Shoko Research, the chain suffered after it cut internet advertising at a time when competition was intensifying. Over the past few years, annual sales have totaled around 300 million yen.