Sparkling wine at 25,000 yen per bottle and champagne at 300,000 yen per bottle.
The alcohol served to the girls was too expensive for minors.
On April 3, the Juvenile Development Division of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department arrested Takuya Hatanaka, 41, the manager of NA Cafe (“NA”) in Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku, and a former employee, 20, who was 19 at the time of the incident, on suspicion of violating the Entertainment Establishment Law. The two allegedly served alcohol to a 16-year-old high school girl and a 17-year-old part-time girl between January and February of last year. NA is a “men’s concept café” where young male employees serve customers.
The high school student spent 500,000 yen, which she earned through a dating service.
A 16-year-old high school girl was approached by a former employee in the vicinity of the “Shinjuku Toho Building” in Kabukicho (commonly known as “To-Yoko”). Upon investigation by the police, the high school girl stated that she fell in love at first sight. She started “Suishikatsu” and spent about 500,000 yen, which she earned through more than 10 times of assistance dating, at “NA” over a period of 9 months.
The 17-year-old girl, a part-time worker, paid about 330,000 yen at the store. In February of last year, she put in a bottle of champagne that cost about 300,000 yen, saying that she had promised to order it to celebrate her one-month anniversary of coming to the restaurant. The former employee said, ‘Let’s drink and be merry,’ and encouraged the girls. The manager, Hatanaka, told investigators that he had instructed his employees not to serve alcohol to minors, but had neglected to check the ages of customers.
NA, which is reported to have monthly sales of more than 10 million yen, has had other serious problems. In January of this year, two other employees were arrested for violating the Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s Youth Sound Upbringing Ordinance by committing indecent acts with underage customers.
“FRIDAY Digital” reported the incident in detail in an article distributed on February 2. We would like to republish the article and look back on the problem of “con café” employees working as “men’s underground idols” (some content has been revised) –.
I wanted to make sales by captivating high school girls.
One of the arrested men reportedly stated this to police investigators.
On January 31, the Juvenile Development Division of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department announced the arrest of two men. The two suspects, A (25 at the time), who was active in the idol group “Soten” and B (22 at the time), who was active in the idol group “Shigure”, were “men’s underground idols” (hereinafter referred to as “men’s underground”) that held small-scale live performances and events, and were caught for indecent acts against underage girls knowing that they were under 18 years old. The two were “men’s underground idols” who perform small-scale live shows and events.
Unlike regular idols, “men-underground” idols are becoming increasingly popular, especially among junior high and high school girls, because they are closer to the girls and have a chance to talk to them directly. However, the cost is high for the girls. For example, a photo session where you can take pictures with the members using a “Cheki” instant camera requires, in some cases, about 10 reward tickets, which can be obtained by purchasing goods for about 1,500 yen. If you buy the goods 10 times, the cost is 15,000 yen.
In some cases, the favor may be taken against you and you may be asked to perform indecent acts. There have been cases where high school girls who do not have the financial means are asked to buy expensive items in an attempt to get them to spend money at the event. Some high school girls who do not have the financial resources are said to be earning money by dating or “papa-katsu,”” said another reporter from a national newspaper’s society section.
I wish we could spend happy times together.”
It seems that both arrested suspects were also demanding large sums of money from the girls.
A met a high school girl, then in her first year of high school, on a street in Shibuya in September ’20 while handing out flyers; the two became friends, and the girl began attending events where A appeared; A confessed, ‘I want to spend happy time together,’ and ‘Let’s go out together. ‘ In March 2009, they engaged in indecent acts at a hotel in Shibuya Ward.
Soon after, the incident came to light when the high school girl’s parents consulted the police. At the time of his arrest, A denied committing the crime, saying, ‘It was just a relationship between a fan and an idol. The high school girl paid A approximately 3 million yen in the name of ‘photo shooting fees.
On the other hand, B’s M.O. is…
“He repeatedly committed indecent acts on a high school senior girl at the concept café NA, where he worked as an ‘idol. Four times in a semi-private room called the ‘VIP room.'”
B told the high school girl that she could become an idol if she spent more money, and made her contribute about 500,000 yen. She did as he asked and ordered luxury champagne and other drinks. When questioned by the police, B admitted to the crime, saying that he wanted to make sales by telling her lies.
As the popularity of “Men Underground” grew, so did the number of troubles. According to the Juvenile Development Division of the Metropolitan Police Department, there were 52 cases last year, but this year there have already been 33 cases.
PHOTO： Shinji Hasuo