Music Jul 25, 2014

Have your say on 'no dancing' law

by Daisuke Kikuchi

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 ...

Editorials May 3, 2014

Nightclub beats rap on dancing

In a prod toward a modern legal view of sexual morals, an Osaka nightclub owner beats a charge, based on a 1948 law, of allowing patrons in his club to dance without a special permit for dancing.

Thaemlitz's mix tackles antidancing law

Music May 16, 2013

Thaemlitz's mix tackles antidancing law

by Mike Sunda

It's fitting that I should be meeting Terre Thaemlitz on May 1, International Workers' Day — she wryly refers to herself as a "feminist Marxist" before we begin our interview in proper. Thaemlitz, who produces music under her real name, the moniker DJ Sprinkles and ...

Club crowd uses salsa to slam archaic law

National Dec 29, 2012

Club crowd uses salsa to slam archaic law

by Ayako Mie

Earlier this month, several people were seen salsa dancing in frigid weather outside bustling Shibuya Station. They weren't there to show off, but to protest what they say is an outdated law that is being used to indiscriminately crack down on their favorite dancing ...

Antidancing law out of step with Japan's youth culture

Life Sep 23, 2012

Antidancing law out of step with Japan's youth culture

by Eriko Arita

Many in Japan's large and lively dance community centered on hip-hop, house and other styles are becoming increasingly upset at what appears to be a police crackdown on an essential part of their lives. Since 2010, with more and more clubs being shut down on ...

Grassroots group forms to fight antidancing law

Music Jun 14, 2012

Grassroots group forms to fight antidancing law

by Mark Jarnes

Around 200 people gathered on the dancefloor of Kyoto's Club World on Sunday — but they weren't dancing. In fact, that's exactly what they were there to protest: a 1984 addition to the 1948 Fuzoku Eigyo Torishimariho (Entertainment Business Control Law) that prohibits late-night dancing ...