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What do you think about the crackdown on dancing at nightclubs which has seen many closed down in the last few months?

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Outlawing people for having a dance? That ain't right.

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Asinine.

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Archaic laws at their best. No dancing at a venue that serves alcohol seems like something that started in the prohibition era. That is why clubs such as Ageha are officially classed as "restaurants"

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Yawn. Old news from the 80's.

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Thank goodness the cops have finally started cracking down on late-nite dancing! This terrible crime has, for far too long, been overshadowed by people riding stolen bicycles!

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It's EXACTLY what young Japanese need. Yet another outlet for stress cut off or heavily regulated!

WAY TO GO!

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I wonder exactly what is behind this. They usually have some other real reason for using these archaic laws. But I can't for the life of me work it out. Are they worried that at dance places people use drugs?

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Feels like Japan is slowly turning into a police state.

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I wonder exactly what is behind this.

It's an open secret. It's even totally official. Machizukuri.

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I wonder exactly what is behind this.

It's an open secret. It's even totally official. Machizukuri.

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Not only is this a serious infringement on civil liberties, it is also embarrassing to Japan, making it seem out of touch and curmudgeonly. What particularly irritates me is the lack of protest on the part of young Japanese, who like their parents' generation seem happy to take state control lying down. Hard to imagine western club-goers accepting this kind of government intrusion into their social lives. The kids should protesting - and dancing - in the streets.

I had heard that the ban on dancing had something to do with curbing drug use and delinquency. If that's the case, my question is: WHAT drug use? WHAT delinquency? I have seen precious little in all my years frequenting Japanese dance venues, which are friendly, chilled and safer than their western counterparts.

It also strikes me that this is quite harmful to local economies - before this crackdown you'd find thousands of people dancing and partying in Osaka, the clubs were doing a roaring trade. Now those areas are like ghost towns on the weekend. As a party animal and music lover I am bitterly disappointed by this ridiculous and counter-pproductive measure.

It's interesting to note that during Japan's disastrous pre-war nationalist takeover, western music and dancing were outlawed as a way of enforcing "Japanese-ness" upon an unwitting populace. With the rise of neo-fascists like Hashimoto, plus the worrying situation between China and Japan, one might have cause to worry.

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Stupid!

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Fine by me. I never dance anyway, just sit and watch and get blotto. Wait a minute, what will I watch?

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Ridiculous - next it will be illegal to dance at concerts (because of all the "drugs and delinquincy" that happens there!!!!!)......................................oh wait its all synchronised anyway so wont make much difference!!!

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