Japan’s Sankei Shimbun newspaper has reported that in late March the Tokyo Metropolitan Police fired one of their own for his involvement in operating a prostitution club that posed as a Chinese massage parlor. 45 year old Tomohiko Kakizoe, an assistant inspector with experience in anti-organized crime and drug trafficking divisions, was arrested in January along with his wife for tipping off the establishment to a potential police raid.
Kakizoe denied to investigators that he took part in managing the club, admitting that he was only aware that prostitution went on, but didn’t have any part in running the business with his wife. While he was first suspended from duty in December, he was arrested a month later and charged with violating government employee laws, as well as operating a business that violated the Anti-Prostitution Law. The club was described as offering customers “additional services” inside private rooms.
The former inspector ended up never getting formally prosecuted for the charges, but he was ordered to pay a fine of 60,000 yen (approx. $600). Kakizoe’s wife established the club in February of 2012, but later that year a picture was found that implicated her husband was helping run the business. The police later found he was in possession of a pass-key to the club, had been receiving a portion of the business’ proceeds, and had sent an email to a Chinese masseuse that he was having an affair with, warning her of the raid. Kakizoe stated that he felt it was unfortunate when a woman is arrested, adding “I wanted to protect them. I am sorry for any trouble I caused the department.”
[via Tokyo Reporter]
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