Maid cafes have lately come under scrutiny for exploiting both otaku and children, with the manager of one cafe being arrested for having 14-year-old girls serve his patrons, and others coming under fire for their extortionate charges and failure to register as establishments offering “personal” service.

Maid cafes in Osaka’s Nipponbashi otaku district are said to have become so abusive that a crackdown is imminent, with sexual services, underage maids and naked exploitation of patrons all attracting the attention of media and authorities.


One long-established Osaka maid cafe to fall victim to the authorities at the start of the month was “Meido Dreamu,” after they were found to be employing a trio of 14-year-old girls.

Their 61-year-old proprietor was arrested for child labour offences, which he admits, the crime only having come to light after their school found out about their maiding and tipped off police. Customers claim none of their maids looked underage.


The cafe in question reportedly charged ¥1500 for every 10 minutes of maid service, plus a ¥3000 table charge and maids who begged for ¥4000 glasses of cola, along with various other charges.

One reporter describes a typical encounter with the tamer sort of cafe – after being ushered into an unmarked 2nd floor cafe by one of a rank of frilly young maids in the area, he and a companion were first coaxed into buying her a $35 glass of juice as “my throat is really dry from soliciting customers in the hot street.”

He was then obliged to join her in playing a board game, with the condition that he buy her another glass of juice if he lost. After 30 minutes in the establishment he had racked up charges of ¥15,0000 ($190), which after pointing out as a little steep he was informed formed her “service fee.”

Similar establishments offer back-rubs, maid walking, dates, and kisses through cling film, though they maintain they are “just cafes.”

More involved relationships in the tradition of hostess bars are apparently also possible, though for those with more urgent needs “image clubs” and “delivery health” services are never far away, and as might be expected offer maids amongst other cosplay offerings.

According to those familiar with the local cafes, their otaku patrons are viewed as “prey” to be exploited, and the proliferation of cafes has resulted in fierce competition for customers with ever more extreme maid services on offer, resulting in trouble as they draw closer to becoming fully fledged brothels or hostess bars.

Establishments offering personal service, sexual or otherwise, are in practice legal whether or not maids are involved, but are forced to register with police and possibly pay them off if they wish to do business unmolested.

However, many cafes offering more intimate encounters apparently do not welcome police supervision and the restrictions which come with it, or else do not consider their services to warrant it in the first place, making them easy police targets.

Relatively legitimate establishments and other businesses in the area have also been complaining of damage to the area’s reputation, although the multitude of conventional brothels in the area and throughout much of Osaka might suggest other factors are at play as well.

Online, otaku have been ridiculed for putting up with such exploitation at the hands of the cafes – though more for paying tens of thousands of yen to kiss a girl through plastic wrap when the equivalent amount at a non-otaku establishment would buy hours of sexual debauchery…

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    Comment by Anonymous
    17:12 26/09/2012 # ! Good (+0.9)

    These maids are bad, and need to be spanked.

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    Comment by Shaolan-kun
    19:43 26/09/2012 # ! Good (+0.7)

    I'm volunteering.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:36 26/09/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.3)

    And after the spanking, the oral sex!

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:56 26/09/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    When people vote down classic movie references, it makes me not want to live on this planet anymore.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:59 27/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    And swallow, as in African swallow!

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:42 27/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Don't forget to bring a towel!

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:49 27/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    You're in great peril!

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    Comment by Miroku74
    08:29 27/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Spank 'em? Sure!

    Just get ready to pay $50 extra.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:02 27/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    and Orally Brushed

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:45 26/09/2012 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Spending $190 on cola and board games is infinitely better than a guy who spends $5000+ on a couple boxes filled with identical music CD's from their favorite idol group.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:39 27/09/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    true but if you are blowing 190 you should get blown too

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    Comment by s0beit
    13:06 07/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I like how you think

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:58 26/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    The even sadder fact is that the latter dude won't even get to interact with his favorite girls.

    Sure, the maids are very likely putting a mask when they sweettalk and flirt with their customers, but hey, still a whole lot better than just obsessing over videos and pictures.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:20 26/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    "won't even get to interact with his favorite girls"

    Huh? That's the point of the boxes of identical music. With AKB48, you get handshake (or photo) tickets for your favorite girl(s) with the CDs

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    Comment by Gitami
    22:43 26/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    $200+ for a handshake that lasts 30 seconds at most.
    That sounds like a political party fundraiser.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:11 26/09/2012 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Anyone have the adress?
    I... I just want to make sure I never go into these establishments by mistake.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Maybe its a rumor but when you found it....Turns out like Japan version of HOSTEL(movie) when they found out you're a foreigner things go ugly for yourself it was own by Imperial Japan Racist!

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:33 26/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    haha, no yakuza just come out and tell til you leave.

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    Comment by Assassinister
    18:00 26/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    You're watching too much movies but nice job scaring Otaku.

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    Comment by Artist Rising
    18:37 26/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    More like scaring yourself...I'm too tame for that BS. Got sheep writen all over me!

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    Comment by jamesownsall
    16:02 26/09/2012 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    ...Just... fucking legalize prostitution already! Such sex trade industry will persist to exist anyway, and getting it legalized, licensed and regulated would do a whole lot better to all the girls who will be inevitably thrown into it regardless, rather than leaving them to the mercy of their pimps and yakuza.

    Then again, Japanese legislators and law enforcement agencies are never interested in long term.


    Fuck all y'all.

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    Comment by Alice
    16:15 26/09/2012 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    I'm not disagreeing with you, but there's a reason prostitution isn't legalized yet. Japan is filled with hordes of old voters who would see it as a degradation of society, against all wholesome morals, bad example for the children, something something get off my lawn. To even propose such a plan would be political suicide at this point. It's much easier to just let them bribe the police into pretending they don't exist.

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    Comment by Firetribe
    22:16 26/09/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Not only that, it might because illegal prostitution is probably more lucrative than it being legalized.

    If they legalized it, it will likely be subjected to labor laws and other forms of regulation. Also to mention, there will probably plenty of new competition. But more importantly, the cops know they wouldn't be able to extort cash under the table.

    But regardless, it still goes on. People in high positions of government and business have been caught involved with prostitutes, yet get away with it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:04 27/09/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    As said it would compel women who can't make ends meet, and many do so nowadays, to work in the sex industry. Many people don't want to do that and they would be discriminated unfairly if they had to do so before claiming benefits.

    And hey, maybe even you, all macho guy, may be forced to become a male prostitute for 60 year old homosexual men. Would you be willing to do that?

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:38 26/09/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    The only reason prostitution is illegal (legal merely means there is no law banning it) is that Japan felt it had to follow the twisted western morality of regulating the sexual habits of consenting adults. Prior to western influence, there were no laws banning prostitution in Japan.

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    Comment by cats2
    07:12 28/09/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Actually, Japan is under attack for their lax child pornography laws again lately.

    With people in other countries pointing out it's only illegal in two provinces, and not enforced whatsoever still.

    Although the china about to declare war has buried that a bit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:02 27/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well Japan banned child porn lately too. Do you think child porn bans are an imposition of morality too? After all the issue at stake here deals with underage school girls selling their bodies.

    Secondly if prostitution is legal, then women who are unable to find work cannot benefit from unemployment benefits - after all they could try to work as prostitutes. This is an argument put forth by feminists. But some people don't want to do that. In that case should they benefit from unemployment benefits? Should they be castigated for not being sex-workers - you unenlightened lot - when they can't make ends meet and have to beg in the streets or are unable to make ends meet?

    This isn't that simple, kiddo.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:17 18/06/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    you scheming kikes....

    Comment by Anonymous

    If you legalize prostitution you make it acceptable. Hence every girl will be coerced into it. Like it or not, but casual sex with strangers is maladaptive behaviour and it is not supported by science as beneficial to the thriving of the individual. Such people have plenty of issues - with some exceptions who do not - but most do. Sex is intimate and when we have sex various hormones are released which mess with the brain. That has lasting effects in people not being able to be intimate in normal relationships.

    Secondly, who thinks sex workers (the correct term) want to be legal? With legality come taxes and forced medical checkups. There will be higher insurance fees. There will probably be also lower pay - as tax, union fees, insurance, disability etc.

    Finally if prostitution is legal, then everyone including you will be coerced to do it, should they lose their job. Would you be willing to have sex with other men if you lost your job? And why should a woman who got that sociology degree have to be forced to have sex to make ends meet? Like this she can claim unemployment benefits or bursary benefits to retrain as something else.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:08 27/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    "If you legalize prostitution you make it acceptable. Hence every girl will be coerced into it. Like it or not, but casual sex with strangers is maladaptive behaviour and it is not supported by science as beneficial to the thriving of the individual."

    Only personal opinion and unsupported 'scientific' claim in this sentence. Are you trying to spread misinformation or you're too fucking stupid to Google the science behind sex and its history throughout humanity?

    And so what about taxes? At least these people would be able to contribute to their country. And reduced pay for benefits? Those benefits protect workers long term. Same thing with medical checkups; and you speak as if no other legal industries require checkups.

    And what hell was your point on coercion? Pimps were able to force their hands on their women EXACTLY BECAUSE THERE ARE NO LAWS ON PROSTITUTION. If prostitution is legalized, there will be much less women being forced against their will into it. As for those who want money, their bodies are their own. Who are you to tell them who they can fuck and who they can't?

    Man, Anon 02:17 is so self-righteous he makes me vomit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:09 26/09/2012 # ! Drivel (-0.7)

    Regulated prostitution? HAHAHA WOW. You must live in some naive fantasy world.

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    Comment by Gustav
    18:26 26/09/2012 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Some countries have legal and (more or less) regulated prostitution.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:10 27/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anon 02:05 confirmed for a towelhead self-righteous asshole in league with Ahmedinejad, Hizbullah and Al-Qaeda.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Some countries have death penalty for blasphemy, what's your point?

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:07 26/09/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Never thought Australia was a fantasy world...

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:24 26/09/2012 # ! Good (+0.7)

    I've always been curious, speaking as a lesbian, how they react at these places when they get a female customer. I doubt any of the girls generally go for that, but I wonder if the employers make them go along with whatever to try and get money all the same.

    Might be interesting to try sometime if I ever get to Japan.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:58 26/09/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    oh you >:)

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:03 26/09/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Oh, you'd be very surprised.

    You just have to look into the right places.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:14 27/09/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Last time I did that I wound up with a sore cheek.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:36 26/09/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    From the way I understand it, they get fujoshi too. And those things get treated the same as any other filthy otaku. So I doubt they'd care if you like to eat the pussy or suck the cock. And since most are pulling tricks on the side, you could probably pick up their number. That is if you're into eating snatch some guy jizzed it earlier.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:48 26/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    To be honest, there are other areas of Japan where lesbian and gays hang out. You really won't find true lesbian (or more specifically gay) porn in Nipponbashi.

    Nipponbashi doesn't cater to homosexuals, and I imagine the managers of the shops would not accept such a customer, as refusing an customer wouldn't hurt the business significantly, though they would never turn away a male customer, no matter how creepy.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:44 27/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm not looking for the sex end of it actually. I'm just curious what the reactions might be and if I'd get the same service for paying the same money.

    I'm not into trying to coerce straight girls into doing bisexual or lesbian things, the interest has to come from their end.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:53 26/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    THAT would be interesting...perhaps if you do go how about putting your story on facebook or blog.
    It would be an interesting tale to read.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Your a lesbian?....sick freak.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:07 27/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    He's a male lesbian.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:56 26/09/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    that picture is very arousing, therefore i shall now proceed to fapping to it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:49 27/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    the one with the're a freak...who is attracted to couches?...well...that does explain that joke that goes "F yo couch" someone had to do a couch to come up with that joke.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:32 26/09/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    I think I would prefer hiring a cute youthful-looking escort in Japan and request her to wear a maid outfit while I fuck her from behind, than to go to a maid cafe.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:32 26/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'd hire the maid soliciting customers. Her throat is dry? Well I got the perfect fix for that.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:49 26/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    oh yes oh yes.. milk for the bitch

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:28 26/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    She'll give you aids man! Japanese AIDS!

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:02 26/09/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Japan actually has some of the lowest recorded AIDS infections in the world, wandering in the hundreds annually compared to tens of thousands or more elsewhere.

    With the increasing amount of illegal immigration and in turn many more foreign prostitutes likely carrying diseases with them, this will change though.

    Don't forget your condoms ever.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:13 27/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's mainly because sex is illegal/heavily frowned upon until you're 50 in like 14 different ways.


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