Shibuya to ban public drinking at Halloween

Shibuya to ban public drinking at Halloween

Tokyo's Shibuya Ward plans to introduce a ban on drinking alcohol outdoors at certain times of the year such as Halloween and New Year's Eve.

A panel was set up after a series of incidents in the shopping and entertainment district near Shibuya Station.
In its interim report, the panel asked the ward to enact an ordinance to stipulate rules and regulations for people who visit Shibuya.

A group of young people overturned and damaged a small truck in front of the station the weekend before Halloween last year. The authorities also dealt with a series of complaints about people drinking in the streets and causing disturbances.

The report says the ward, police, and local shopkeepers should set up a contact group, and suggests that a nearby park could be used for public celebrations instead of the area around Shibuya Station.