Soapland Ordered to Close Despite Citizens’ Campaign to Keep it Open

Soapland Ordered to Close Despite Citizens’ Campaign to Keep it Open
Yomiuri Shimbun: 住民の存続運動もあったソープランド、廃止命令
October 4, 2011

The Ishikawa Prefecture Public Safety Committee (chaired by Kōtarō Gotō) has issued a cease and desist order to Kaga City Katayamadzu Onsen Soapland “The Executive Suite” for violating restrictions on the sex industry, it was learned on the 3rd.

That day, the Daishōji Police Department released a notice that it will execute the committee’s decision, which was made on September 29.

The Prefectural Police Department Health and Public Safety Division said it made the decision after gathering that the soapland’s business was based on activities forbidden by prefectural regulations of the sex industry.

The soapland had been closed since this January, when it was accused of illegally hosting prostitution. It will be out of business from October 3 onward.

Some citizens had started a signature campaign to keep the soapland open. In opposition to that, this June Kaga City started a “Katayamadzu Hot Spring Emergency Revival Project” to investigate how to close down the soapland and remake the street on which it’s located.

Mayor Shūichi Teramae said, “Because The Executive Suite was located in a place where a new spa will open next April, this was a very important decision for us. We’d like to spring off this project and revitalize the neighborhood.”

On the other hand, the 58-year old man who manages the soapland said, “I can’t stand for this. No other soaplands have been investigated or ordered to close. I’m going to talk with my lawyer about how to respond, and I’ll look into filing a lawsuit.”

According to the police department, the numbers of soaplands nationwide that were ordered to close for violating sex industry regulations in recent years were 1 in 2008, 2 in 2009, and 1 in 2010.

原稿/Original:
住民の存続運動もあったソープランド、廃止命令

 石川県公安委員会(五嶋耕太郎委員長)が、加賀市片山津温泉のソープランド「重役室」に対し、風営法に基づく「廃止命令」を出したことが3日、わかった。

 同日、大聖寺署員が同店に決定を知らせる行政処分通知書を渡した。決定は9月29日付。

 県警生活安全企画課によると、同店の営業方法が、県風営法施行条例の不利益処分の基準に合致したことから、命令を下した。

 同店は今年1月に売春防止法違反(場所提供)の疑いで摘発され、開店休業状態だった。3日以降は廃業となる。

 同店の存廃を巡り、地元では一部住民が存続を求める署名運動を展開。これに対し、加賀市は6月、「片山津温泉再生緊急プロジェクト会議」を発足し、同店の廃業も視野に入れた街づくりを検討していた。

 同市の寺前秀一市長は「重役室は来年4月に市がオープンする新総湯の向かいに位置するため、重要な判断をしていただいた。プロジェクトの弾みにして街の活性化を進めていきたい」と話した。

 一方、同店の責任者の男性(58)は「ほかのソープランドは摘発を受けず、うちの店だけ命令されるのは納得がいかない。弁護士と相談し、提訴も含め対応を検討したい」と話していた。

 警察庁によると、近年、全国で廃止命令が下ったソープランドなど店舗型性風俗特殊営業は、2008年が1件、09年2件、10年が1件となっている。
(2011年10月4日10時45分 読売新聞)

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