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Mirror floor at bar exposed waitress' underwear; owner arrested

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A 40-year-old bar owner and a 27-year-old employee were arrested on Sunday after it came to light that they were running a bar in Osaka with a mirror floor that exposed the serving girls' underwear to patrons as a selling point.

According to police, the owner, who has been identified as Takanobu Tanaka, allegedly had touts in the streets telling potential customers that the bar allowed them to see the waitress' underwear via a mirrored floor.

Tanaka, who runs a similar establishment in Hokkaido, denied the charges saying, "The girls were the other side of the counter, so I didn't think the customers could see anything."

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SO if the girls were aware and ok with it who cares? How can this be any worse than the clubs where they "dry grind" you till your clothes catch fire?

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Is there a specific law against this?

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There are specific laws against shops that provide a certain level of "titillation" without a license.

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I agree with MoBass4u. It's not like the mirrors were hidden and the waitresses didn't see them. How is this illegal?

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10 years ago in a Shinjuku bar, the girls would not have been wearing any panties...

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why don't high school girls and women just wear black spandex shorts under their skirts? Problem solved.

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I want to go and check it out. Must be a fun place.

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hey, i would like to go to this bar. I wish they had that in american strip bar !!!!!

The mirror floor bar is nothing new, it's been around since the 1960's.

what's the big deal ? He's an idiot he should have gotten the proper license.

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Sounds like a cut down version of "no-pan shabushabu"... which was banned a few years ago.

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Who knew?!

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there are BBQ bars in Osaka where the girls wear no panties and mini skirts when they serve you. There are no mirrors but you get to sit in a pit below floor level.

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A lot of women DO wear black spandex shorts, Debucho. Unfortunately, those are not the healthiest sorts of garments to be wearing on a regular basis, and women shouldn't have to risk their health just because men can't keep their eyes to themselves ...

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there are BBQ bars in Osaka where the girls wear no panties and mini skirts when they serve you.

That's it!!! I'm moving to Osaka!

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Roll a doughnut for the Keystones again. Way to go boys. You really got some criminals there.

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Sounds like no harm at all! The girls are probably being paid a little something extra for the extra service. And at the end of the night they acan auction off the panties to the highest bidder (smile)..

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women shouldn't have to risk their health just because men can't keep their eyes to themselves ...

Well then, they should wear reasonably-designed skirts or trousers. If they choose to display what they've got, then they shouldn't complain if men look.

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Women in trousers? Yuck...

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there are BBQ bars in Osaka where the girls wear no panties and mini skirts when they serve you. There are no mirrors but you get to sit in a pit below floor level.

Places like this are stupid.

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Recruit obachaan to work there, no complaint will come.

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no complaint will come.

No customers either :)

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HUH??? this is OLD NEWS!!! I have read about places like this for YEARS!!! The bar I read about in Tokyo actually had NO underwear. I can not begin to tell you how many times I have read about bars like this in Japan. How is this news? and why now? truth be told who knows? I thought I finally got the TRUE story about panties in a vending machine. I heard it was a one time thing and they store owners never did it again. So it was all blown out of proportion right? nope. I have since found 3. yes 3 separate vending machine (by accident mind you) selling used panties with the girl pictures and everything. if anything this reinforces my belief there are many well established mirror floored bars.

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Don't see the fuss over this...so what.

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the solution is simple! have them stop wearing underwear! i don't see the problem with this if they allow strip clubs...

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there are BBQ bars in Osaka where the girls wear no panties and mini skirts when they serve you. There are no mirrors but you get to sit in a pit below floor level.

Are you sure those aren't sushi bars? (sorry, had to...)

I don't see the big deal either. Not that I'm a pantie freak, but seriously. It's not like the girls didn't know. All they had to do was look down...

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ThereS one in Sapporo.. I havent been there but thought the idea was nicer than the run of the mill pink club in Japan. This story is lacking in information. Why did they shut him down. Did he not have an underwear exposing license? Was he not paying off the right cops? Do you have to actually shower and or have sex with customers to own a kinky club? I am confused!

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I think this should catch on in other countries, what a waste that it is only in Japan.

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Sounds like he didn't have the correct license. There are maid cafes where the girls are only in panties. Its not a big deal unless the girl didn't know but that is hard to believe.

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I wonder if this was an undercover operation and if so how many times the plods had to visit on surveillance to make sure that the license code was being broken, (on our tax money of course).

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“The girls were the other side of the counter, so I didn’t think the customers could see anything.”

So it wasn't for the customers, but for him?

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If the young ladies didn't know about this they've got to be pretty dumb. If they knew and were okay with it, what's the problem? I think it's rather pathetic that this is how some old codgers get off, but still.

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Quote: Tanaka, who runs a similar establishment in Hokkaido, denied the charges saying, “The girls were the other side of the counter, so I didn’t think the customers could see anything.”

The customers should all be demanding their money back then.

The guy sounds like a slimy liar and a cheat.

Hope he gets more than a slap on the wrist with a wet tea leaf. Highly doubt it though...

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News?! The girls knew what was happening. They had a choice to work there or not. This sounds very much like sexploitation. But just who is being exploited? I wonder if the new 'tooters' restaurant will be raided. After all, aren't they doing something similar...sexploitation.

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There are lots of crazy sex bars out there. If you're interested just google--Inside Japan's surreal fetish clubs. If the owner has the proper license and the women are of age I don't see a big problem with it but a lot of these places hire girls and that is disturbing.

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At least they had underwear on! Tokyo was allegedly full of these establishments in the bubble era - with waitresses sans-panties!

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kujiranikusuki: where are those vending machines you speak of located?

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I remember places in Ikebukuro only 15 years back where you could insert your tongue into girls' behinds as their main draw. And I can't even tell you what I saw in clubs out in industrial Kawasaki 25 years back where foreign women were exploited by J-patrons inserting whatever they wanted to on stage into the hapless gals.

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Solicitation in the streets is what is illegal.

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no big, i heard when that brand new Hong Kong airport opened,the floor was so well polished..............well, ye all get the picture. Alas, some busy do-gooders had to tip off the offiicals. By the way, Narita could do the same to attract more tourists !!

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What if these bar/club ladies were your daughters? You men should really be ashamed...

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I don't see any mention of 'ladies' anywhere... besides I stick with my assertion. The guy is a lying schmuck. Neither the girls nor the customers got what he promised.

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@Ranger_Miffy

What if these bar/club ladies were your daughters? You men should really be ashamed...

Actually I'd be quite upset with her, if I've told her once I've told her a thousand times to double check the license of the club before flashing her knickers.

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So the customers could see the server's panties. So what? If the servers had issues with it they don't need to continue working there. Personally, I'd continue working there but make sure I wore the biggest "granny bloomers" I could find that would still fit under the uniform.

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Server: So, what can I get you? Patron: White panti...I mean, white Russian. Server, to another server: That guy was painfully shy. He wouldn't look up at all when I was taking his order. Seemed to be foaming at the mouth too. Other server: Don't worry, you'll get used to it. I've been here 6 years and all of my customers have just stared at the floor when giving me an order. They seem to REALLY stare when I come in without any underwear on. Must be just a strange coincidence. Big deal. Yeah, the owner's a lout but I'm sure the women had to have seen the mirror or all the geeks lined up gawking and looking down drooling all day. Don't see how it could have gone on for more than a day without one of the women catching on. Like the old mirror on your sneakers trick in high school

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I am sure, if you are Thai, or ever been to Thailand, this kind of news just makes you want to laugh! Japan needs to learn from the master of the art of the real sex industry in Asia, Sawadee!

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If females don't want to be exploited they have the choice to refuse a job there or quit if they are already working there and feel exploited. What's the big deal? You see more on a beach.

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Ahh bring to mind the days of the "no-pan" coffee shops.

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Should just have made the guy wear a tutu with girls panties on. That would be funny.

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a lot of people jumping to conclusions. of course owner, employees, and customers new about the mirror floor "selling point" every other person said "what's they big deal" then drawing comparisons with stip clubs etc...it's not only the license that is needed, but there are distinctly defined "pleasure zones" in the city, that's why you dont see soaplands on every corner. but then you enter the red-light district and they are lined up in rows. i am drawing a conclusion of my own here, but as most of you have stated, there are certainly lewder businesses in existence, and it would be hard for anybody to believe that he was trying to secretly view panties with a discreetly placed MIRRORED floor, i think it is a safe bet that this was a code violation, license or zoning.

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