In May 2011, Yokohama police arrested 37-year-old Takamitsu Tanno on charges of violating the Labor Standards Act, which stipulates that minors may not work in places that pose a hazard to their health or social welfare.
Mr. Tanno was the manager of a new kind of adult establishment called “high school girl viewing clubs”, where customers pay money to sit behind a one-way mirror and look into a room full of high school-aged girls.
Inside the room, the girls go about their business as if they were killing time at home. Some read manga, some play around on their cell phones, some chat with friends about where to go to eat after work. However, for an extra fee, customers can select a girl to sit directly in front of his booth with her legs spread open so as to reveal her underwear.
The number of clubs had been increasing rapidly in Kanagawa and Tokyo prefectures beginning in late 2010, but the industry was thought to have died down following Mr. Tanno’s arrest and a simultaneous raid by Tokyo police on four clubs this February.
However, according to an investigative reporter at Nikkan Spa!, not only are most of the original high school girl viewing clubs still in business, but new clubs have recently begun appearing around Tokyo.
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