Japan lifts 67-year old ban on dancing

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Japan Approves Law to Allow Dancing Past Midnight

After 67-years of furtive shape throwing, the people of Japan can openly dance again, reports CNN.

The near seven decade ban on dancing after midnight, which isn't too far off the rather nonsensical plot of Footloose, was lifted last week when Japanese lawmakers decided the repeal the law after years of repeated criticism that it was out of date and obsolete.

Originally instituted in 1948, the ban was designed to stop prostitution that was linked to dance halls. However, the law was never overtly enforced, with police turning a blind eye despite Japanese clubs often having 'no dancing signs' prominently displayed on the premises.

In 2010, however, there was renewed enthusiasm for the ban after a deadly club brawl in Osaka led to the death of a 22-year-old student. A movement known as the "Japanese War on Dance" sought to crack down on loose-limbed lawlessness after hours arresting club promoters and DJs.

Finally, last week, legislators saw sense and removed the last vestiges of the law and the reaction on Twitter was immediate.

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