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Edible soap? Yakuza Arrested For Claiming Sex-Shop Payment Was For Dining


Apr 28, 2012

The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department Organized Crime Control Division General Affair Division (警視庁組織犯罪対策総務課) arrested three members of the Inagawa-kai, Japan’s third largest organized crime  group, on April 27th for computer fraud (電子計算機使用詐欺). According to police sources, the three gangsters were operating a sex shop establishment, called “soap-lands”  in Japan, and in October of 2010 processed a payment for 22,800 yen as a dining fee, fraudulently obtaining a total of 21,000 yen  (approx $230) with the use a false sales slip.

The gangsters allegedly were aware that credit card companies generally refrain from doing contracts with sex service establishments and therefore hid the true nature of their business, pretending that they were running restaurant/bars. It may also be surmised that most many customers would not like their credit card bill to show they were paying for sex.

“Soaplands” occupy a legal grey zone in Japan where customers pay a fee to be given a bath by the attendant and scrubbed clean but sexual intercourse is not guaranteed, but usually included. Fellatio and other sexual services other than actual vaginal penetration are legal in Japan. “Soaplands” are the only walk-in establishments where actual intercourse is also technically legal, as long as the sex is not included in the “bathing fee” price and the two parties move to a private room and engage in an exchange of “free love” (自由愛).

One gangster is admitting the charges while the other is denying them, possibly claiming that the shops not only offered sex but a dining experience as well. It is not clear that the gangster run “soap lands” offered food and beverage services. “Love juices (愛液)” nor “edible soap” were on the establishment menu and whether they would qualify as a food or beverage is open for debate. It is rumored that nyotaimori (女体盛り)aka “naked sushi”–sushi served on the body of a naked woman was part of what was offered–but even if this was so, since the primary menu item was not edible or drinkable in the traditional sense, it is unlikely that the claims of being a “restaurant and/or bar” will be considered genuine.

One of three Japanese gangsters arrested for (allegedly) fraudently claiming that "soap-land" (sex shop) establishment was a restaurant is claiming innocence.

According to the police, over a seven year period, the gangsters operated 2o or more sex shops and collected more than 700,000,000 yen (roughly $7,000,000) in credit card payments, showing that soaplands are not only good for laundering people, but probably good for laundering money as well.





Article 246-2. (Computer Fraud)





In addition to the provisions of Article 246, a person who obtains or causes another

to obtain a profit by creating a false electromagnetic record relating to acquisition,

loss or alteration of property rights by inputting false data or giving unauthorized

commands to a computer utilized for the business of another, or by putting a false

electromagnetic record relating to acquisition, loss or alteration of property rights

into use for the administration of the matters of another shall be punished by

imprisonment with work for not more than 10 years.

4 thoughts on “Edible soap? Yakuza Arrested For Claiming Sex-Shop Payment Was For Dining”
    1. Corrected! 女体(にょたい)女体 (nyotai) 女性の肉体。I can only blame myself for turning ATOK off.

  1. Why give Yakuza the Profit? Give the girls an equal split of $6 million Dollars and Japan keeps
    1 million for Health Care. Let the Yakuza go free, After all they were smart enough to organize
    a much needed service. They dont deserve so great profits selling Ladies of the Night.

  2. So did I understand it correctly that it would have all been legal if they hadn’t charged the payments as “dining fees”?
    Perhaps they should have just used a “cash only” policy.

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