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The cafe that protested appearing in a hentai video game is now accused of labor exploitation

The management company of the popular cafeteria “PATISSIER eS KOYAMA from Sanda City, Hyogo Prefecture, has been warned by the Itami Labor Standards Inspection Office on two occasions in the last three years to rectify the violation of the Labor Standards Law for having forced its employees to work more than 100 overtime hours per month, surpassing the “overwork death line“. The wake-up calls are dated January 15, 2018 and January 14, 2019. After the first wake-up call there was no improvement, so the Office of Labor Relations believes that long work hours were the norm.

According to the explanation of the company, based on an agreement between the workers and the management, the company had stipulated that overtime would be “less than 100 hours per month“. However, in 2018, a corrective action report found that 55 of the roughly 100 employees involved in manufacturing and sales, more than half, had worked more than 100 overtime. In January this year, the company received a second rectification call for not having improved. In addition, the company had a system whereby it established each employee’s working hours, paid them a fixed amount of overtime, and then paid them separately for exceeding prescribed working hours. However, the company had failed to overpay some employees.

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Why is this cafeteria relevant? It turns out that in November 2019 it was reported that the management of this business was considering suing the developer company Yuzusoft, since his adult visual novel Stella to Shinigami no Chou Cafe, a hentai video game, made use of its scenarios, which could end up affecting the business. The developer had to edit these scenarios so that they did not infringe the supposed image rights, so the title was released without further problems in December of the same year.

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