I am writing this letter in response to the article in the Nov. 1 issue about garbage provisions at Halloween in Tokyo’s Shibuya district (“Halloween revelers get litter bags“).

I participated in this event, and I saw lots of garbage in the streets. I also noticed there were not enough garbage bins on the streets of Shibuya, and that it was hard to get garbage bags because of the crowds. A lot of temporary garbage cans and special booths for distributing garbage bags should be put on the streets to solve this problem.

In addition, I saw a lot of drunk people acting violently, and they threw empty alcohol bottles. Many young people misunderstand Halloween as a drinking party. I think the convenience stores in Shibuya should stop selling alcohol during Halloween. If stores stop selling alcohol, people who want to drink will probably go to places like bars, restaurants and clubs.

Furthermore, a provision banning alcohol might reduce the number of people who attend the event. Therefore, next year the police department won’t have to mobilize the riot police as they did this year.


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