A real victory for clubbers.
The 1947 Rule, known as ‘fuzoku’ or ‘fueiho’, came into place after World War Two and defined dance clubs as “adult entertainment establishments,” which required a special license. Venues were typically subject to a 1am curfew and an effective ban on dancing.
However, new regulations will now allow clubs to open all night long if they meet certain conditions.
Spearheaded by a campaign led by electronic music pioneer Ryuichi Sakamoto, the change in legislation was formalised by Japan’s House Of Councillors last June, but the new regulations finally come into force today (June 23).
Venue owners will have the option to apply for permits to operate as Yukyo Inshokuten Eigyo (Nighttime Entertainment Restaurant Operations) but these establishments must be located outside of residential areas and they must meet specific lighting requirements.
Clubs equipped with lighting brighter than 10 lux will be able to apply for the new 24-hour licence, while clubs that fail to meet the lighting requirements will still be classed as an “adult entertainment business”, but will be allowed to open after midnight in certain locations.
In Tokyo there will now be 638 districts where these kind of venues can operate.