TOKYO: 4-DAY ALCOHOL BAN STARTS TODAY IN SHIBUYA TO AVOID HALLOWEEN DISORDER
By Siulan Law Mathews DipWSET
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Tokyo will ban drinking on the streets at night around Shibuya Station from today for 4 days during Halloween to prevent chaos that had marred celebrations in the past.
Based on an ordinance passed in 2019, the ban will kick in at 6 pm today and end at 5 am every day from today until 31 October.
The targeted areas include Hachiko Square, Center-gai, Dogenzaka and Miyashita Park.
During restriction hours, the ward will dispatch about 100 security personnel to patrol the areas who will issue warnings to people who violated the rules.
Ward officials have also asked 36 shops around Shibuya Station, including convenience stores, to voluntarily refrain from selling alcohol for the period.
“I hope we thoroughly implement measures to not see the downside of the event and instead promote a Halloween with proper behaviour,” Shibuya Mayor Ken Hasebe said.
The ward has published English notice on its website and shared it via social media to inform foreign residents about the restrictions.
It also displayed the message on posters and digital signs inside Shibuya Station and on buses, with the cooperation of East Japan Railway, Tokyo Metro and other transportation companies.
Tokyo police said they are considering restricting vehicle traffic to make more space for pedestrians.
Riot police will also be deployed near Shibuya Station in busiest areas to deal with possible trouble.
Halloween celebrations in 2018 descent into chaos as Shibuya saw serious vandalism and rowdy behaviours that resulted in a number of arrests.
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