Tokyo restaurant owner accused of hiring sex workers
Tokyo restaurants may be the world’s top restaurant destination but it may also be one of the most corrupt.
The restaurant industry in Japan is notoriously murky and many of its operators are notoriously bad at hiding their illicit activities, but this week a Japanese court decided to take a fresh look at the matter after a former manager of a popular Japanese chain was charged with trafficking sex workers.
A lawyer for the former manager, Yoshihisa Takahashi, told a Tokyo court on Thursday that Takahata had hired prostitutes to provide sex for up to $20,000, according to a transcript of the proceedings published by NHK.
The woman he hired, he said, would provide him with oral sex, anal sex, vaginal sex and oral sex with a live animal, the lawyer said.
The manager is not facing charges in the case.
A previous investigation by NHG reported that Takayashi was accused of illegally hiring a woman who had been forced to work as a sex slave for over a year.
In December, the Osaka District Court ruled that the woman’s allegations were not credible, and that she could not be tried under Japanese law.
“I think it’s very regrettable that he was convicted, especially in light of the investigation,” said Masahiro Morita, a lawyer for Takahase.
“It’s not an easy case to win in court.
But we can’t let it affect our work.”
The man who worked at the Tokyo-area Kiyoshi restaurant, which opened in 2014, has denied hiring prostitutes.
“The manager is innocent,” he said.
A spokesman for the Osaka-based restaurant chain said the restaurant had terminated its relationship with Takahasa and would investigate the allegations.