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Second Osaka strip club busted for indecency, 19 arrested

Second Osaka strip club busted for indecency, 19 arrested
Promotional flyer for Minako Komukai at Manzen Toyo Show

TOKYO (TR) – Osaka prefectural police earlier this month announced the bust of strip theater Manzen Toyo Show, the second raid of such a club in the last two months, for public indecency violations, reports the Yomiuri Shimbun (Nov. 6).

On November 3 at 12:20 p.m., officers from the community safety division took manager Katsuya Tashiro, 54, and eight other employees of the club, located in the Ikedamachi area of Kita Ward, into custody for allowing customers to photograph female dancers who were not wearing underpants.

Ten customers, including a 56-year-old employee of the Osaka Waterworks Bureau and a 52-year-old staff member at the prefectural government of Kyoto, were also arrested.

On September 24, officers raided strip club Juso Music and arrested the manager of the club and 11 other employees for allowing customers to pay for separate sexual services as dispensed by female dancers in a private room. Officers also slapped nine performers, aged between 22 and 42, with additional charges for violating public decency laws.

At the time of the bust of Manzen Toyo Show, which has a capacity of 120 people, the venue was entertaining 40 patrons. The ten customers arrested are alleged to have each paid 500 yen to rent digital cameras to photograph the female performers.

Toyo Show, which charges 6,000 yen general admission (discounted to 5,000 yen for seniors and students), opened in 1985. The club is known for shows featuring amateur dancers, but professionals and adult video stars (such as Minako Komukai, who performed in February) make regular appearances.

A representative of the Osaka Waterworks Bureau told the Yomiuri that it was in the process of confirming the details of the case. “Appropriate action will be taken,” said the spokesperson. The Kyoto prefectural government was not aware of the arrest of one of its employees when contacted.

Officers were tipped off to the illegal activities at the club through an anonymous tip in August.