Have your say on ‘no dancing’ law

by Daisuke Kikuchi

Staff Writer

Give those dancing shoes a polish — the National Police Agency will be accepting public comments on the country’s so-called fueihō anti-dancing law from today.

A section of the Entertainment Business Control and Improvement Law (fūzoku eigyō-to no kisei oyobi gyōmu no tekiseika-to ni kansuru hōritsu) restricts dancing after midnight at certain venues. Nightclub owners, particularly in the Kansai region, had reported an increased number of police raids that led to a grass-roots movement spearheaded by the Let’s Dance organization to change parts of the law.

A recent Cabinet decision sought to allow dancing throughout the day and to loosen restrictions on which kinds of dance clubs the law would affect, especially with Tokyo playing host to the 2020 Olympic Games. Before the National Police Agency submits its position on the matter, it will seek opinions from the public.

Comments will be accepted from July 25 through Aug. 7, via an online form, email or fax.

For more information, visit www.npa.go.jp.