Shibuya to expand ban on street drinking year-round

Local authorities in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward plan to ban drinking on the streets around Shibuya Station year-round.

The measure is based on a request from shops in the area, and will likely run from 6pm to 5am.

An ordinance currently restricts nighttime drinking on the streets and in parks for certain periods and events, such as Halloween and the year-end holidays.

Officials plan to submit a draft revision at a Shibuya Ward assembly meeting this month and see the change take effect in October.

The ordinance was initially enacted in 2019 to address a series of problems involving alcohol during Halloween.

Drinking on the streets has become more common among young people and foreign tourists since authorities eased coronavirus measures.

Shibuya Mayor Hasebe Ken says the new ban is based on the will of the ward. He also says he hopes people enjoy drinking at bars and restaurants.