Japan lifts ban on late-night dancing

For 67 years, the country was discouraged from busting a move in public past curfew

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For most music lovers in the world, late-night clubbing is a regular pastime, a chance to hear the latest Jamie xx or Diplo records soundtrack the dance floor. In Japan, it’s a brand new luxury.

In that country, an archaic law had restricted its citizens from busting a move past a certain time for the last 67 years. The seemingly out-of-touch ordinance is known as “fuzoku” or “fueiho,” or “the Businesses Affecting Public Morals Regulation Law.” It had long categorized music venues and clubs as specially-licensed “adult entertainment establishments,” businesses which are typically are forced to close by midnight.

The country reached a milestone this week, however, when Japan’s House Of Councillors passed a new piece of legislation effectively allowing clubs and like-minded operations to stay open much later, some even for 24 hours. The only requirement? As Japan Times notes, as long as these clubs make use of brighter lightning, they won’t be obligated to adhere to a particular curfew time.

The new law is scheduled to take effect next year, when presumably all of Japan will be ready and eager to showcase their fancy footwork.

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