Tokyo cops crack down on 5 Akihabara maid cafes for operating without licenses

tokyoreporter.com -- May 22
TOKYO (TR) – Over the past few months, Tokyo Metropolitan Police have been busting maid cafes in Chiyoda Ward for operating without licenses, reports the Asahi Shimbun (May 20).

According to police, five such cafes, located near JR Akihabara Station, have been cited since April for operating without permission under the Law Regulating Adult Entertainment Businesses.

The latest bust was of La Chere. Police have arrested six persons connected to the cafe, including Yosuke Kawakami, the 47-year-old manager. During questioning, he admitted to being the manager.

Police allege that female employees, dressed in costumes, at La Chere provided male customers with service not permitted under its registration as a bar or restaurant with the public safety commission.

Under the adult-entertainment law, bars and restaurants can only remain open until 1:00 a.m. Police believe the five cafes regularly remained open after that time — often until 5:00 a.m. — dating back up to three years.

Customers at La Chere purchased carbonated drinks (typically priced at 200 yen) for up to 7,000 yen. They were allowed to stay in the cafe and chat with the female employees until they finished the drink.

Police believe that many cafes in Akihabara violate the same law.

- tokyoreporter.com

東京・秋葉原にある「メイドカフェ」に似せた飲食店で、無許可で女性店員に客の接待をさせたとして、店の経営者の男ら6人が逮捕されました。  川上洋介容疑者(47)ら6人は、千代田区の秋葉原駅の周辺で、女性店員が客に接待をする店を無許可で営業した疑いが持たれています。  警視庁によりますと、川上容疑者らの店は女性店員にメイド服を着せてメイドカフェを装ったうえで、客と親密な接待をさせていました。  また、条例で定められた時間を超えて、午前5時ごろまで営業していたということです。  川上容疑者ら5人は容疑を認めていて、1人は一部否認しています。 - ANNnewsCH