Japan's dancing ban lifted after 67 years
Japanese clubbers can now dance in peace. After 67 years, the national ban on dancing has been lifted. Japanese musician Ryuichi Sakamoto started a petition to repeal the law, which has amassed over 150,000 signatures. This is just in time for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, in hopes that people will spend as much money as possible.
After World War II, the Japanese government enstated the ban in order to police the dance halls which at the time allegedly encouraged prostitution. Clubs could purchase dancing licenses (no dancing at unlicensed club!) which would allow visitors to dance only until midnight. In some cases, dancing could continue all night if the cops pretend not to notice.
Japan is not the only country in which dancing is restricted. In Sweden, "spontaneous dancing" is illegal, and efforts to repeal it have been quashed.
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