Japan lifts dance ban on nightclubs
Japan announced that its notorious “no-dancing law” will be lifted in 2016, which means next year Japanese clubbers will be able to dance all night long. A ban that dates 67 years back, reports Japan Times.
The law was officially introduced after World War II in 1947 known as ‘fuzoku’ or ‘fueiho’, aimed to put an end to prostitution at that time usually thought to have been taking place at venues where dancing occurred.
After an arrest of Masatoshi Kanemitsu in 2012, owner of the Osaka nightclub Noon for letting people dance while serving food and alcohol, a campaign started by famous Japanese musicican Ryuichi Sakamoto ‘Let’s Dance‘ to abolish the ancient law. Over 160 000 clubbers and musicians signed the petition that triggered the revision.
The new law will now allow clubs to receive a 24h-license if they meet certain conditions.
Clubs equipped with lighting brighter than 10 lux will be able to apply for the new 24-hour licence and must be located outside of residential areas.
In Tokyo there will now be 638 districts where these kind of venues can operate excluding parts of Roppongi, Daikanyama, Aoyama and Nakameguro.
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