The 67-year-old ban on dancing in the country of Japan has been officially lifted. Since the end of World War II, Japan has had a ban on dancing unless the venue had a license, and even then they were supposed to stop by midnight. The law was enacted in an attempt to crack down on prostitution. Brad Reifler says Japan has come a long way since the days of the second World War, but the archaic law remained on the books for a very long time.
For most of the 20th Century police tolerated the practice of public dancing even after midnight. During the latter part of the century and into the 21st there was a series celebrity drug scandals and late night brawls that led to another crackdown. Many club raids took place during this time period.
A campaign by Japanese Ryuichi Sakamoto called for the abolition of the ban and gained 150,000 signatures. The activities and efforts of Sakamoto helped to lead to the ban being abolished and the new law allowing dancing will now go into effect starting in 2016.
Interesting enough, Japan isn’t the only modern country that has a ban on dancing. Sweden also does, although efforts are being made to life there as well. For more information on the dancing ban, click here.