Japan Lifts ‘No Dancing’ Law

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The ‘No Dancing’ law in Japan was officially changed yesterday by the country’s government, meaning that some dance clubs will be allowed to open past midnight given they meet the correct conditions. The reform of the 67 year fueiho law began in 2014 but the proposal was scrapped shortly after. 

Now, dance clubs equipped with lighting brighter than 10 lux will be able to apply for the new licence, called Tokutei Yukyo Inshokuten Eigyo, which will allow them to open for 24 hours.

For almost 70 years, the government in Japan have been enforcing a law that defined venues that allowed its customers to dance as an “adult entertainment establishment,” which required a special license and made them close between midnight and sunrise. 

The rules were originally set in place in order to eradicate the immorality of nightclub culture.