If you’re ever minded to dance the night away to trance music, or even old-fashioned rock, you may have a tough time finding a venue in Japan these days. In fact, you may end up waltzing away hours inside a police station, peeing into a cup after being rounded up in a raid. Yes, indeed, a War on Dance is raging.
On Sept. 2 in Tokyo, members of a gang called the Kanto Rengo burst into a VIP room in Roppongi’s Club Flower at 3:40 a.m. and clubbed a man to death in front of 300 people. Since then, police raids have intensified on the clubs, discos and live-music venues that make the city’s night life vibrant and fun for many.
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