Hardly the biggest surprise of the week but a worthy topic of news, Tokyo Reporter has highlighted an interesting report of the arrest of a Nigerian club owner arrested by police for drugging and stealing from his customers.
Officers took Emanuel John, the 44-year-old manager of Little Cat, which is located in the in the red-light district of Kabukicho, and three hostesses into custody on theft charges.
On April 20, a hostess allegedly spiked a vodka drink served to a 43-year-old male customer with a sleeping powder. His cash card was then stolen from his wallet and taken to a nearby convenience store ATM, where 1.3 million yen was withdrawn.
The club is well established, with seven years of service, during which time it no doubt ripped of hundreds of customers. John and his hostesses possibly have stolen up to 300 million yen in total.
So let this be a warning to you — avoid the hostess clubs of Kabukicho! (Sex clubs, of course, are another matter entirely.) If your drink tastes unusually strong or strange, you may be about to become a victim of a crime. This kind of scam is also common in Roppongi, which has given the area a truly notorious reputation.
Four men have been arrested in Tokyo for theft by Kanagawa police after they blackmailed a man they met through a smartphone deai-kei app.
Deai-kei refers to the portals online and off where men go to meet girls for sex. It is somewhere between adultery and prostitution, but the variables are huge. You might be talking to a few men posing as teenagers or you might be arranging to meet a genuine girl who wants some cash for a new handbag.
The four men were in their teens and twenties. They apparently scouted a thirty-year-old man from Fujisawa City via the app and invited him to the mean streets of Kawasaki City to “meet a lady”. But then things turned nasty. “Don’t touch someone’s girl,” they told him and through threats extracted tens of thousands of yen. They were arrested in early August and three of the group have admitted their guilt. The fourth claims him “menaced” the man but did not steal any money.
Scandals about deai-kei sites and services have been very common lately, occurring almost weekly. The media and police are being very vigilant and vocal recently, though no specific campaign has been announced.
Essentially you join a site or service thinking you are able to converse with and then meet certain ladies. However, if it seems too good to be true — it is. No, you are not arranging to meet members of AKB48, just some guys sitting at a desk in Chiba. A lot of the sites seem to be fake and duped users have even been suing some sites.
It will also be interesting to see what effect the launch in Japan of Ashley Madison, the adultery dating website, has on these fringe but prolific sites. Ashley Madison is open, clean and with an advertising budget. It might just be the final nail in the coffin for widespread use of deai-kei.
That’s what four teenagers did.
They mugged a man in order to have cash to buy special clothes to “look good” for a meet-and-greet hand-shaking event with the idol group.
Aged between 15 and 17, the kids came up to a 27-year-old grad student as he was leaving a convenience store earlier in August in Kamiya, central Tokyo. Confronting him in their best macho voices, they managed to get away with his phone, his money and even the can of beer he had just purchased. The victim apparently sustained some sort of injuries during the incident.
The young lads from in Kawaguchi in Saitama needed the money in order to buy a special set of embroidered tokko fuku “attack uniforms” such as Bosozoku motorcycle gangs wear, but which are also popular among certain hard-core AKB48 fans. One uniform, a long colorful jacket decorated with a member’s name, can cost 100,000 yen a piece.
They got away with less than 40,000 yen’s worth of cash and other valuables, so they would have needed to have gone on a real crime spree to raise the money for four uniforms.
Police, though, apprehended them and the leader of the gang admitted they wanted the money to go see AKB48 at a handshaking event.
We love documenting the intriguing fetishes that exist out there — and be sure, we don’t do out of any sense of judging! Quite the opposite, we are kind of celebrating difference.
Anyway, another example has just come to light.
A man was arrested in Kanagawa prefecture over the weekend for stealing. Nothing new in that, except that he stole bicycle seats. A lot of them. 200 of them.
Police first came to see Joji Kondo to investigate the theft of three seats from an apartment block at around 4:45 AM on August 22nd. In Kondo’s lair of pungent desire, they found 200 bicycle seats!
An Aladdin’s cave of pungent!
The mystery was solved. Police had been aware that this area of Yokohama had been seeing a lot of bicycle seats disappearing. No doubt they expected some sort of commercial reason for the crime. Selling the seats to a scrap merchant or bicycle manufacturer?
No, according to police: “He wanted to smell the aroma left by women on the seats.”
Apparently Kondo (35) had no job at the time of his arrest — which probably also explains how he had time to roam Naka ward in Yokohama, hunting for the fragrant bike seats.
He had been doing it since around January, prowling only for leather seats that he was sure were used by women (e.g. because they were bikes with a child’s seat attached).
Japanese cops have guns and in theory can shoot someone if necessary.
Well, some shoot other things.
Kozo Shirakawa, a 46-year-old sergeant in Kagawa, was nothing if not ingenious. He attached a special spy camera to his shoe so he could film up women’s skirts. The camera was on the inside and could shoot from a small hole in the leather.
One August Sunday afternoon he took his invention to a department store in Takamatsu, where he was trying it out by filming up the skirt of a 23-year-old woman.
Surely this guy should be given bonus points for innovation and brazenness. The woman did not notice, but a store security man apparently did — who alerted police. After arresting Shirakawa, he admitted his guilt. We wonder if he will get to keep his job?
It was just after three on the afternoon of August 16th, a scorching hot day in Hirano, east Osaka. Hirano is notorious for bag-snatching and other crime, so when police got a call from a twenty-six-year-old girl that her purse had been grabbed while cycling home, no doubt they weren’t surprised.
Until she gave her description of the criminal. “This is a first,” said the police.
According to the girl, the man was aged between 30 and 35, with a crew cut and muscular build.
But he had chosen to steal her handbag with its 9,000 yen inside wearing the most unusual of crime world garbs.
Nothing but a pink bra.
Well, even bag-snatchers get hot!
Or could this be a new guild of thieves? The naked bra bikers!
Tokyo Reporter has blogged a story from the tabloids that reveals the notoriety of Osaka is not without merit.
A gangster from the Yamaguchi-gumi, Tatsuya Kajiwara, has been arrested for employing minors at the establishments under his control in Osaka, all so-called girls’ bars.
Girls’ bars are kind of super low-price hostess clubs in which the staff will all be female and there will be a small-ish charge. The decor will be typically rather kitsch or sporty, than sexy, and have a fixed bar behind which the flirty girls — always young and not usually glamorous like hostesses — serve.
Kajiwara ten bars employed girls as young as thirteen to “entertain” customers with their pouring and conversation. In Japan it is illegal to employ someone under twenty after 10 pm. Regular bar staff must be at least eighteen. However, depending on how it is presented, a girls’ bar is officially classified in the same category as adult establishments as hostess clubs and sex clubs, and so no girl under twenty would be allowed to work there.
Osaka’s girls’ bars, a city filled with all kinds of dubious establishments, are rather infamous. An eighteen-year-old barmaid died from alcohol poisoning at one bar in the city last year.
Authorities were apparently alerted when a sixteen-year-old bar girl tried to quit and Kajiwara had the cheek to try to “fine” the lass. Understandably she escaped and when safely absconded at a friend’s home, notified police.
So next you’re at a girl’s bar, take a closer look at the staff. How old are they really? Then subtract five years!
Back in May we reported on the incredible story — actually one of the most intriguing things we have ever heard — of a chikan incident on a Wakayama train in which a woman was groped by two men who believed that the woman had asked them to do it via an online forum.
In fact, she had done no such thing and they had been set up. Her protests were more realistic than the two men expected and one got off the train. When the other man also attempted to leave at the end of the line, he was grabbed by the victim and arrested.
The 26-year-old from Osaka protested his innocence and the police soon started investigating what really happened.
Justice has now finally been served, it seems. An Osaka tax official has been arrested in Wakayama for posing as “Yui” on the forum and asking to be groped.
Yoji Isegawa, a senior official at the Osaka Regional Taxation Bureau’s Kainan office, began to sow the seeds of his plot. “Is there anyone willing to grope me?” is the message that “Yui” posted on April 23rd.
But the pièce de résistance was his victim. He saw a 23-year-old woman from Kinokawa, Wakayama, who would commute on the JR Wakayama Lane in the morning. He followed up by posting info on her appearance, where she sat on the train, and enthusiastic exhortations to come and grope “Yui”.
The 26-year-old man who was originally arrested had groped the woman’s thighs and stomach, but police later rightfully arrested him since he had been tricked into believing this was an elaborate but consensual act.
49-year-old Isegawa will likely get a light sentence but his disgrace — to include certain sacking from his job — are assured.
Another day, another chikan story.
To grope one girl is risque. To grope two girls is rather cheeky. But to grope thirty, well, that’s just getting carried away.
Or not, especially when it’s a cop and he gets caught — then it’s just unprofessional in the literal sense of the word.
On a train in Kyoto a 38-year-old Osaka head patrol officer was recently grabbed with his hands where they shouldn’t have been — on the body of an office lady.
He offered the excuse for his serial train chikan groping that the ladies in question were simply too “unforgettably soft”. He has been punished of course — with a month’s suspension from active duty. After all, what’s a peccadillo like chikan here and there is you’re a cop?
He openly admitted that he had groped thirty women all over Kansai since last October. Rather perceptively of him, he saw a conflict in his duties to the force and his proclivities, and he has resigned.
But his former colleagues have now charged him with molesting a junior high school student, who had the savvy to snap a photo of her groper. The disgraced law enforcer can at least take some comfort that his nemesis wasn’t a Kawasaki regional idol.
The days of deai sites are looking numbered as high-profile cases of arrests and suing continue.
Police arrested the thirty-four-year-old executive of a deai-kei company earlier this month, along with the nine part-time men and women who worked there — no doubt as the “voice” of the women deceiving the men by email. The company, Wingnet, has sales in excess of 10 billion yen. An arrest warrant has also been issued for the CEO, who is a fugitive.
One forty-year-old company employee in Saitama was a member of the service. Between April and May last year was conned out of 1.36 million yen (around a third of a reasonable yearly salary!) by fees as he was deceived by communiques with who he was led to believe were former AKB idols like Atsuko Maeda.
Other users from around Japan — Miyagi, Saitama, Kanagawa, Aichi, and Hiroshima, some twenty-eight people in total — have begun legal action this week against another fake site, seeking a total of around 450 million yen.
Are we witnessing the beginning of the demise of the mini but lucrative industry?
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