Japan dances with joy after the amendment of a restrictive dance law. The “Entertainment Business Control Law” forbade dancing after midnight in most public venues in Japan. That means clubs, bars, nightclubs, and concerts. The law was created 67 years ago during the post-war period when these venues were a front for prostitution and other shady behavior. By 2012 the law became heavily enforced, with “no dancing” signs posted around popular clubbing areas. An amendment to the law was passed in mid-June, but it’s only a partial victory. Clubs are still required to keep their lighting above 10 lux, the same level as movie theater lights. While it’s not a complete win for night-life enthusiasts, it’s a step in the right direction. The 2020 Summer Olympics may have helped to push this decision. Huge crowds of tourists increase a demand for night-life, and entertainment profits will be a big boost for the economy.
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