Zushi bans offensive beach activities


The municipal assembly of Zushi, Kanagawa Prefecture, passed rare legislation Wednesday prohibiting loud music and huts staying open at night on a beach in the city.

The ordinance reform by the assembly followed complaints from local residents in recent years over loud parties at beach huts that serve food and provide facilities to change, shower and rest for sea bathers.

The reform, which carries no punishment for violations, prohibits playing music through speakers, displaying tattoos, drinking and the holding of barbecues away from beach huts. It also prohibits beach huts staying open past 6:30 p.m.

Beach hut operators are calling the reform an obstruction of business and have filed with the Yokohama District Court for it to be suspended, while seeking to have it nullified.

Atsushi Hara, a representative of the Zushi beach hut association, criticized the legislation, saying: “there was no discussion with us. It’s a shame that they have made the legislation one-sidedly.”

  • zer0_0zor0

    Seems necessary to prevent the environment from being trashed degraded, not to mention the need to preserve civility and maintain the integrity of the place so that it can be enjoyed by visitors without disturbing the daily lives of local residents. Looks like their trying to turn it into an amusement center instead of a quite beach front in a residential area.

    The “beach huts” sound like glorified “tekiya”, and those are generally not allowed in public venues expect under very limited circumstances. And that is aside from the fact that they have been associated with organized crime groups, but I notice that the article does mention tattoos as well. Is there a connection?

  • Roppi

    Tattoo = organised crime is as silly as the Singaporeans in the 1970’s presuming any man with long hair (over the collar) was a drug user/pusher, etc..
    Seriously, it’s the 21st Century – get over this redundant: tattoo – must be Yakuza connection … how about out just focus on judging people for what they are as opposed to what they look like..

  • La_Dolce

    It’s Kanagawa. Who has tattoos and enjoys camping on the beach and listening to loud music in Kanagawa? The Peruvian and Brazilian factory workers. Especially considering the one-sidedness of the decision, this is pure discrimintation. The same thing happened over here in Shiga last year, too.