Local authorities in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward have decided to ban street solicitation on the streets from September.
Shinjuku Ward Mayor Hiroko Nakayama said that the local government studied the issue for two months and decided to implement the ban in public places "in order to create a ward community that offers safety and peace of mind to residents and visitors," TV Asahi reported.
The ban is aimed at curbing the activities of bar, eatery and karaoke parlor touts who hand out flyers and proposition potential customers in the streets. Shopping districts will be allowed to appoint patrol wardens to keep the streets clear, a local government spokesperson said.
However, the new regulations will not carry a financial penalty if broken.© Japan Today