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Shibuya mayor urges Halloween revelers to stay away

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Shibuya Ward in Tokyo is asking Halloween revelers to stay away from its famous scramble crossing again this year, as worries mount over a resurgence in coronavirus cases.

The ward will prohibit drinking of alcohol outside after 6 p.m. from Oct 24-31.

Over the years, the Shibuya scramble crossing has attracted tens of thousands of people in costumes at Halloween but events were canceled last year due to the coronavirus.

Although the Tokyo metropolitan government will lift coronavirus restrictions on restaurants and bars from Monday, meaning they can stay open longer and serve alcohol until later, authorities are worried that increased nightlife activity may lead to a possible sixth wave in coronavirus cases.

Foot traffic in the Shibuya has been increasing by as much as 30% over the past two weekends since the state of emergency was lifted, and with Halloween falling on a weekend, Shibuya Ward authorities are worried about big crowds.

Speaking at a news conference on Thursday, Shibuya Ward Mayor Ken Hasebe urged people not to gather at the scramble crossing and asked them to instead enjoy Halloween at home.

Hasebe asked people who do come to Shibuya to exercise self-restraint.

Police said there will be about 100 officers on duty on Oct 30 and Oct 31 to disperse any large gatherings.

The police will also check parks and streets near Shibuya Station to make sure there are no drinking parties.

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Yeah, good luck with that, Mr Hasebe.

Let life return.

-3 ( +12 / -15 )

Only a matter of time before they shut this down completely. Japan, no fun country for young folk.

2 ( +13 / -11 )

worries mount over a resurgence in coronavirus cases.

Yet they dont give a hoot that train stations are just as packed every single day. Wear a mask (a given at halloween) and get your vaccine, be smart and have fun.

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Speaking at a news conference on Thursday, Shibuya Ward Mayor Ken Hasebe urged people not to gather at the scramble crossing and asked them to instead enjoy Halloween at home.

They were urging that even before COVID 19. I think it is a little too bacchanalian for the tastes of the establishment.

A lot of Halloween costumes have masks with great coverage built right in!

7 ( +10 / -3 )

Next year they should embrace it and organize a proper event by Yoyogi park.

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Shibuya mayor urges Halloween revelers to stay away

That’s like telling ghosts and ghouls to stay away

3 ( +8 / -5 )

Why not just close the entire area if he's that bothered?

Japan and our urges. Jesus wept

-2 ( +7 / -9 )

There are 26 corona virus cases in a city of 36 million people, is there a problem or not?

-1 ( +7 / -8 )

I don't think many people willl go.

First, it is a sunday and next day people have to work.

Second, japanese people are still cautious about the virus.

I don't see so far a big overrun to the Izakayas.

Most of the japanese people are still cautious.

-7 ( +0 / -7 )

I don't think many people willl go. 

don’t underestimate the stupidity of young people

1 ( +5 / -4 )

If anyone believes the miraculous drop in cases …. I can’t comment as the country is about to make a law about insulting people online .

0 ( +4 / -4 )

Whatever. It's such a short time in life when you can look so good in the sexy costumes. Go for it girls!

3 ( +6 / -3 )

wasnt it announced that all COVID restrictions were lifted?

yet we still have....restrictions. or is it just strong urging?

Police 

to disperse any large gatherings

make sure there are no drinking parties.

Nope, its a restriction.

2 ( +4 / -2 )

But, but, butt what about those jammed trains with the masses reveling to work and home again every day. The logic here is lost in translation.

2 ( +4 / -2 )

and asked them to instead enjoy Halloween at home.

Would someone explain to the Mayor what Halloween is.

4 ( +5 / -1 )

Staying away from Shibuya is a good idea any day.

3 ( +5 / -2 )

Don't underestimate the will of sexy costumes

3 ( +5 / -2 )

Japanese don't understand what Halloween means.

But iam glad they try to enjoy it anyway.

Happy Hallos

0 ( +6 / -6 )

Given the daily packed transport systems, this does strike one as hypocritical, and as similar “urgings” from pre-pandemic siting different excuses this does seem more of a knee jerk killjoy reaction than any real concern regarding infection control.

Why not redirect the traffic and close down the area for one night so the people who pay the taxes that fund his salary can revel safely?

2 ( +3 / -1 )

Japanese authoritarianism rears its head again...

-1 ( +3 / -4 )

Given a choice, I'd rather be in a throng of Halloween clad revelers in Shibuya than sandwiched up against a stranger on a train that's fit to bursting. At least in Shibuya it's outside with ventilation unlike the trains.

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Japanese don't understand what Halloween means.

Japan has marketed Christmas as a couples' holiday and promotes KFc as a Christmas meal. I've given up trying to understand why they seem hell bent on turning our traditions and holidays on its head. Halloween is no different. At least the celebration at Shibuya during Halloween is somewhat entertaining.

7 ( +8 / -1 )

Japanese don't understand what Halloween means

By going out and being seen by all seems to suggest ‘Japanese’ are actually keeping with the original spirit of Halloween

0 ( +4 / -4 )

Girls fancy zombies lately so, if it’s that cold, then a 6 foot walking stiff would be smashing, wouldn’t you agree?

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Yeah good luck with that. Nobody is going to listen. Let the drunks have a little fun! It's Halloween!

1 ( +3 / -2 )

there will be no mandatory restrictions

No problem then, I might just hop on the Shinkansen and enjoy the party too. Hasebe and his request can stick his request up where the sun doesn't shine.

-1 ( +3 / -4 )

Get ready…there’s no way to stop it.

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@kurisupisu

I suggest you research the origin of Halloween .

And its definitely not a 2 week holiday designed to help companies and businesses sell more merchandise.

Halloween is not remotely Japanese and could never possibly ever be !

Don't misunderstand me i do think its good Japanese are out in costume.

But its not the Halloween with door to door trick or treat and carved pumpkins etc.

-3 ( +0 / -3 )

Put 500 police and SDF in Shibuya, let's see what kids can do Corona Halloween. Let's test guts of Japanese Halloween celebrators.

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Kyo wa heiwa dayo neOct. 22  08:33 pm JST

Japanese don't understand what Halloween means.

Like we do in the U.S.?? LOL

Christmas isn't either, except for those who actually go to midnight Mass.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

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