Friday, 19 October 2012

Get into the groove...

To bring you up to date on developments over the last couple of years and further back still, we will post informative articles which have appeared in various publications casting some light on the dance ban madness starting with:

'Late-night dancing should not be a crime in Japan', by Ian Martin, from The Japan Times on Thursday, November 24th, 2011

This article discusses the impact of the recent police crackdown on the dance scene in Tokyo and Osaka as well as the live music scene in smaller provincial cities such as Kumamoto, where it has been even more devastating. Martin describes the ban as an attack on local culture and regional economies and the vague and outdated Business Entertainment Control Law as a 'convenient stick with which to beat down a section of society [the police] feel threatens social harmony.' 

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