Dancing Past Midnight to be Made Legal in Japan

Japan’s anachronistic no dancing law is finally being revised, soon allowing you to express yourself by rhythmically flailing and flapping across dance floors nationwide without fear of arrest.

<img class="size-medium wp-image-7178" src="https://tokyodesu.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/shutterstock_49493380.jpg?w=300" alt="Above: Criminals (pic: Shutterstock)” width=”300″ height=”225″ /> Above: Criminals (pic: Shutterstock)

The law is a remnant of post-war times when dance halls were sometimes used as a front for prostitution, and makes little sense in modern Japan until you consider that was probably around the same time some members of the National Diet last set foot in a club/dance hall. Even though most clubs ignore the legislation, it’s sometimes used by the police to crack down on venues that are suspected of other illegal activities.

Under the revisions made on Friday, the main requirement clubs will need to meet to allow dancing after midnight is a lighting level of at least 10 lux – a similar level to cinemas before the movie starts. Why? We have no idea, other than Japan likes rules, but it’s a step in the right direction.

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