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Ikebukuro ‘JK’ business evaded law by giving ‘work’

Takamitsu Fujii
Takamitsu Fujii
TOKYO (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Tuesday announced the bust of a viewing parlor staffed with school girls in the Ikebukuro area of Toshima Ward that attempted to evade the law by giving the employees manual “work,” reports the Sankei Shimbun (May 12).

On February 27, Takamitsu Fujii, the 41-year-old manager of Sea Angel, and two other former and current staff members are alleged to have employed a 17-year-old girl to lift her skirt and reveal her underwear to a customer seated behind a one-way mirror as she folded a paper crane.

In a search of the premises, located near JR Ikebukuro Station, officers seized a number of paper cranes and strings of beads from inside premises.

Fujii, who has been charged with violating the Labor Standards Act, has denied the allegations. “I know that it’s illegal for a girl to just show her underwear, but I thought there would be no violation if she performed light work (at the same time),” the suspect is quoted by police.

Sea Angel comes under the designation “JK,” an abbreviation for joshi kosei, or high school girl. The parlor has 30 girls registered on its books and generated two million yen in profit each month.

In February, weekly tabloid Friday profiled a similar business operating in Ikebukuro.