Crackdown on illegal maid cafes looks to be making maids a rarer sight on streets of Akihabara

Originally published on Sora News by Casey Baseel

Tokyo police bust five maid cafes for violation of Adult Entertainment Business Regulation Law, and they’re looking for more.

In recent years, Tokyo’s Akihabara neighborhood has become almost as famous for its maid cafes as it is for its anime and video game specialty shops. Ordinarily, you don’t even have to set foot inside a cafe to feel their presence, as side streets often have maids out on the pavement passing out flyers and beckoning passersby to come to their establishments.

However, over the past few days locals have been reporting seeing notably fewer “customer pullers” (as such

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