Last month was a big deal for club-goers in Japan. For the first time since 1968, it was legal to dance in a club after midnight. This was known as the Entertainment Business Control Law.
Apparently post-WW2 dance clubs were dens of vice and prostitution. Authorities sought to stamp out this scourge by forcing clubs to close between midnight and sunrise.
Although it was rarely enforced, there was a crackdown in 2010. There were a number of arrests, including the owners of some of the more popular clubs. Now, though, the laws have been repealed, meaning that a club can offer entertainment (including a DJ and music), alcohol and food until 5am with one condition: that the place be lit to a brightness greater than a movie theatre before the lights go down. Sure, you can have it darker, but that means you can’t serve alcohol after midnight.
It’s something, right?