One short post before I talk about more big topics.
Recently, the Japanese police has been insisting that that laws written in 1948 regarding regulating establishments that allow customers to dance is still needed 60 years later.
I am not making this up.
They claim that laws must remain in the books to prevent “excessively hedonistic atmosphere between men and women to impact social morality and damage wholesome social environments and may affect the healty development of youth.” That’s a direct quote from the police in answering Asashi newspaper’s questioning.
Sounds familiar? It’s the same logic that was used to increase regulation of manga and anime in Tokyo with Bill 156.
The Asahi newspaper specifically asks couldn’t most of the concerns regarding rowdy behavior of involving loose hips be regulated using other legal instruments (i.e. laws that regulate drugs, alcohol, curfews for youth, etc.) but the police insists “those are all legal instruments that can only be applied after [offenses] have occurred. There are too many establishements and we need some form of deterrence. Its just like a driving license. We just want people to fulfill certain conditions.”
Conditions that include not allowing dancing past midnight and such.
Here’s more information if you are interested:
This is another sad but clear example of how regulatory bodies work. Once you give police or other bodies certain powers, they will go out of their way to retain any authority that has been entrusted to them, regardless of whether the usefulness of such regulation is warrented.