Japan police confirm 114 ‘JK’ biz outlets featuring schoolgirls

A National Police Agency survey has put the number of outlets at 78 in Tokyo and 28 in the western prefecture of Osaka. Together, they accounted for 93 pct of the nationwide total.

JK business is seen as a hotbed of crime as some shops offer sexual services as an “off-menu option.” JK is short for “joshi kosei,” which means high school girls.

In Tokyo, an ordinance took effect in July to strengthen regulations, requiring JK business operators to submit notifications and banning them from hiring minors under 18.

Similar regulations are planned in Osaka and Kanagawa prefectures.

At least 114 outlets of so-called JK business, in which high school and other girls dressed in school uniforms, swimsuits and other costumes treat customers, were in operation as of the end of June, it was learned Thursday. (Jiji)

A 39-year-old man, arrested on Sept 5 for stalking a 27-year-old woman, has also been charged with indecently assaulting her while she slept in her apartment in Tokyo’s Adachi Ward. (Japan Today)

Japan’s National Police Agency said Thursday that it will raise the speed limit in a section of the Shin Tomei Expressway in Shizuoka Prefecture, central Japan, from November on a trial basis. (Jiji)

Contaminated water may have leaked from the disaster-struck Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant since April, the owner said Thursday. (Japan Times)

Struggling Japanese electronics company Toshiba says it has signed a deal to sell its memory chip unit to a group led by US private equity firm Bain Capital. The deal is worth about 18 billion dollars. (NHK)

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is planning to use the upcoming House of Representatives election to gauge the public’s opinion of his intention to change how increased revenue from the consumption tax hike will be used. (the-japan-news.com)

Toyota Motor Corp. is establishing a new venture to develop electric vehicle technology with partner Mazda Motor Corp., seeking to catch up with rivals in an increasingly frenetic race to produce more battery-powered cars. (the-japan-news.com)

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dissolved the House of Representatives on Thursday, calling a general election in a bid to maintain his hold on power, while opposition parties rallied together in a major reorganization aimed at giving the administration a challenge at the polls. (Japan Times)

Heavy rain hit eastern Japan areas near Tokyo on Thursday, marking record hourly rainfalls in some municipalities, while a man was believed washed away by a swollen river in Yokohama, according to the weather agency and local authorities. (Japan Today)

Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike’s new party has issued a direct challenge to the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, receiving a show of support from Japan’s leading opposition Democratic Party, whose chief Seiji Maehara said that he will pursue a de facto merger with Koike in the upcoming snap election. (Nikkei)

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