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Tokyo cops bust ‘girl’s bar’ business for licensing violations

Kentaro Yamasaka
Kentaro Yamasaka

TOKYO (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police have busted a specialty hostess club in Musashino City for licensing violations, reports Nippon News Network (June 11).

Officers raided Justin, a so-called “girl’s bar” located near JR Kichijoji Station, and arrested manager Kentaro Yamasaka, 36, 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.

Justin opened in 2009. Since last year, police have warned management about female employees providing entertainment to male customers.

Yamasaka admits to the allegations. “With police entering the premises in the past over unauthorized entertainment, I knew (that our business was in violation of the law),” the suspect is quoted by police, according to TBS News (June 11).