Tokyo Reporter on Tokyo cops arresting a hostess in a standard Kabukicho overcharging scam:

On March 11, Nozomi Kojima, a 22-year-old employee of Lumine, located in the Kabukicho entertainment area, is alleged to have lured two male customers to the club at a price of 3,000 yen for an unlimited time period.

After one hour of service, the customers were presented a bill for 240,000 yen. Staff members indicated that total included a a 70,000-yen table charge.

Last month, police arrested the club’s manager, Yoshihiko Okumura, 36, and one other staff member for allegedly threatening the customers in the same incident.

Since Lumine opened in February, police have received 239 complaints from customers who patronized the club, according to the Asahi Shimbun (June 8).

It sounds like Lumine needs to be shutdown for good. Their entire business model appears to be predicated on scamming drunk customers out of their money after offering a salacious sounding deal to get them into the bar.

Kabukicho is probably the one area in Tokyo where you really have to be very careful of what establishment you patronize. In my experience, it is all too easy to get scammed by any of the small bars hiding in the depths of the Kabukicho underworld.

One good rule to live by anywhere, but especially in Shinjuku: if it sounds too good to be true, then it is likely a scam.