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.
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.