Breaking news from the Naniwa Ward in downtown Osaka where we hear that the owner of a popular maid cafe franchise, “Maidream”, has been arrested for employing 14 year olds to work in the cafe. A maid cafe is a place where the attendees are “masters” and the maids wait on them, hand and foot.
The problem stems from the fact that it is illegal to employ a child under 15 years of age according to the Labor Standards Act in Japan and at the time of the incident, the three girls he employed were all aged 14. All three girls attended the same school and the event only came to light after a teacher responsible for student guidance became alerted to the fact and reported the findings to the police after three days. The suspect, aged 61, has owned to the allegations and admitted to the allegations.
The cafe, “Maidream” is situated in Otaroad, a street in the shopping district of Naniwa Ward called Nipponbashi. Otaroad is known as the Osaka equivalent to Tokyo’s Otaku central, Akihabara and is rapidly gaining in popularity amongst fans.