Bar Muse’s Manager and DJ Arrested for Allowing Patrons to Dance

Stop that, you criminals (pic: Shutterstock)

Stop that, you criminals (pic: Shutterstock)

Four employees of Muse, including the manager and DJ, were arrested in a 2am raid on Sunday morning for the barbaric crime of allowing people to dance.

The police had received noise complaints about the club, which is open until 5am in Nishi-Azabu, and there were also reports of fighting outside.

Dancing, which is a compulsory  school subject between the ages of 5-16, is illegal in most Japanese venues unless a licence is obtained due to the anachronistic 1948 Entertainment Business Law, intended to discourage prostitution and gambling.

These guys needed to be stopped (pic: Shutterstock)

These menaces needed to be stopped (pic: Shutterstock)

A petition to revoke the law earlier this year gained over 150,000 signatories but had no effect. It’s widely believed that the legislation remains as a useful excuse for the police to shut down clubs when they suspect, but cannot prove, other illegal activities.

Kind of like a kill-joy version of the “Untouchables” that brought Al Capone down under tax evasion charges.

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