On March 29 and 30, the funeral service of a woman was quietly held at an unidentified location in Tokyo. As one mourner said, “It was such a somber funeral for someone who represented this glamorous club. I heard it was a suicide, that she jumped to her death...”
Of the 2,000 establishments in the Ginza district, the number of the most upscale nightclubs is limited. In her late 30s, the deceased hostess, “Ms P,” managed a club owned by one of the top-class Ginza madams. Ms P herself was also a well-known figure, making several appearances on TV.
Ms P came to work as usual on Friday, March 27 and returned home after midnight. She leapt to her death from her apartment some time early the next morning.
The question is why Ms P chose to end her life in solitude. Some in the Ginza nightclub business say that she was distressed about her debts, meaning the customer’s tabs that she hadn’t been able to collect. She committed suicide only days before the end of the month, when all payments are due.
Very few individuals can afford entertainment at top-class nightclubs, where the cover charge alone costs several hundred thousand yen. Most of the customers expense the bill to their companies; however, the "Lehman Shock" last year and cost reduction have led to a drastic decrease in the number of Ginza clients. Popular nightclubs have closed down, while a considerable number of hostesses who are sole proprietors have incurred debts.
A Ginza hostess and friend of Ms P commented that her early death is a sad outcome of the poor economy.© Japan Today