TOKYO (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police raided two popular nightclubs within the Gas Panic chain in the Roppongi entertainment district early Sunday morning for improper licensing and took two employees into custody, reports TV Asahi (Nov. 28).
Police arrested managers Hidenori Wakita, 36, and Fumiki Nishihata, 35, for allowing dancing at clubs Gas Panic Bar and Club 99 in violation of the Law Regulating Adult Entertainment Businesses.
Nippon News Network reports that 150 customers were inside the two clubs when police arrived.
This is the second arrest in two years for Wakita. In 2009, police found similar violations at Club 99 and GP Bar, which is also within the Gas Panic chain, and took the manager into custody.
TBS News reports that average monthly revenues for Gas Panic Bar total 10 million yen.
According to police, the club installed a security camera at the door to alert management to turn the music down if police appeared.
“I realized that it is against the law, but I operated in this way to meet the needs of the customers,” Wakita is quoted by police.