Shibuya Halloween Drinking Ban Has No Penalty

“Hoping to avoid Halloween-related rowdiness, Shibuya Ward in Tokyo will ban alcohol consumption on streets this coming weekend and on Halloween itself.

Although the ordinance carries no punishment for violations…”

With no penalty, this ban is not a ban at all. But surely the foreign hordes will comply anyway. The city and police feel confident that simply asking people to follow the rules will work.

Ward officials as well as the Metropolitan Police Department will call for public cooperation during the period covered by the ordinance.

And in true Japanese fashion, the local government will be “fixing” foreigner-related problems with their strongest playing card – by putting up signs:

“The ward will also place signs on shopping streets warning against troublesome behavior.”

With a toothless ban, polite requests, and signs, we can feel confident that Tokyo has taken adequate steps to prevent chaos this year. What could go wrong?

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