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Tokyo cops bust Ueno hostess club for licensing violations

Yuichi Eitaka
Yuichi Eitaka
TOKYO (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Monday announced the arrest of the manager of a hostess club in Taito Ward for licensing irregularities, reports TV Asahi (Nov. 18).

Officers took Yuichi Eitaka, the 41-year-old manager of Club Palace, located in the Ueno district, and one other suspect into custody for allegedly registering the proprietorship of the club in his name while another person was in fact the manager — a violation of the Law Regulating Adult Entertainment Businesses.

According to police, Club Palace was shut down 13 years ago. In an effort to evade detection, Eitaka then received 1.2 million yen each month from the previous manager for the use of his name on the license. The club has generated 1.9 billion yen in revenue over that period.

Eitaka has reportedly denied the allegations.

Eitaka also manages more than 10 other clubs in the Ueno and Shinjuku areas. Law enforcement is now investigating these other businesses for similar violations.