He does not think that JK businesses are exploitative.

Mr Tetsuya Shibui, a journalist who has written about the JK industry for more than two decades, explained: “As long as there is a desire to meet and interact with high school girls, I think there is no end to generating new (business) ideas.”And thus, businesses like JK Special have sprung up as places where JK girls can mingle with their fans, a large proportion of whom are middle-aged men.“This is one way to reduce the stress I experience at work,” said one such café customer.

that she had been molested by customers, while other girls have had their skirts lifted.

“If businesses change their model just a little (outside of the six activities listed), they will still be able to operate,” he said.

This year, according to a Japan Times report, Japan’s National Police Agency plans to carry out a nationwide investigation into JK businesses, while Tokyo works to introduce a ban similar to Aichi’s.

It also named six types of services teenaged girls must not perform, which include massages, wearing provocative clothing and walking dates.

Mr Okumura does not believe that the ban will prove effective.

TOKYO – In JK Special Café, customers can live out their dream date with one of 60 high school-aged girls, be it sharing a homemade meal, singing karaoke, or a heart-to-heart chat – so long as they do not touch her.

Yet despite this strict no-hands-on rule, 15-year-old Hano told Channel News Asia’s investigative programme Get Rea!

For the girls, the lucrative pay, as well as seemingly easy and interesting work, is a large draw.

Yumi (not her real name), who works at a JK business offering reflexology, said: “For me, JK reflexology shops are where girls who can’t do anything else work.

“I get to talk to teenagers about unusual topics, like make-up products.”Another customer said that it was a chance to make up for a youth spent in an all-boys school.