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Tokyo cops bust ‘JK’ parlor in Takadanobaba

Items seized from Honey Candle
Uniforms and costumes seized from Honey Candle
TOKYO (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Wednesday announced the bust of a massage parlor staffed with school girls in Shinjuku Ward for harmful employment of minors, reports TBS News (Jan. 21).

Officers from the Yotsuya Police Station took Takahiro Arimoto, the 44-year-old manager of Honey Candle, located near JR Takadanobaba Station, and one other staff member into custody for allegedly employing a 17-year-old attired in a maid outfit to cuddle with a male customer over 50 years of age on January 4.

Police also took the 17-year-old girl and two other employees, both 18, into protective custody. Officers also seized a number of costumes and uniforms from inside premises.

Arimoto, who has been charged with violating the Labor Standards Act, has admitted to the allegations, according to public broadcaster NHK (Jan. 21).

Over the past two years, Tokyo police have been active in raiding establishments coming under the designation “JK,” an abbreviation for joshi kosei, or high school girls. In offering massages, strolls and nap sessions — at Honey Candle, a spanking and slap to the face each costs 1,000 yen — such businesses have been under scrutiny due to the contact offered by the school-girl attendants.

Honey Candle has 40 girls registered on its books, according to Jiji Press (Jan. 21). Since opening seven months ago, the parlor has collected 700 million yen in revenue.

Takahiro Arimoto
Takahiro Arimoto