Outdoor areas around Shibuya Station to be included in a ban to be enforced this fall.

Tokyo’s Shibuya to curb drinking on streets during Halloween

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Outdoor areas around Shibuya Station will be included in the drinking ban during Halloween, to be introduced in the fall. Photo Credit: Bulat Silvia/Getty Images
A drinking ban may soon apply on selected streets in Tokyo’s bustling Shibuya district during the Halloween season, officials said on Monday, following a spate of alcohol-related incidents last year.

Outdoor areas around Shibuya Station will be included in the ban, which is expected to be introduced in the autumn. 

A panel was convened by Shibuya Ward on measures to deal with an increased number of drink-fuelled incidents in public spaces during the annual Halloween celebrations, which grew in popularity in the 2000s.

The panel is expected to issue an interim report on Wednesday, when it is expected to spell out new penalties for various misdemeanours and submit a draft ordinance to assembly members before new measures can be enforced.

The move follows the escalation of alcohol-related incidents last year, including the overturning of a small truck that led to the arrest of several men in their 20s. 

Last year, more than 300,000 revellers -- from teenagers to 30-somethings -- flocked to Shibuya dressed up in costumes on Halloween and the weekend prior, Tokyo police said.

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