Shibuya District Secures Public Safety during Halloween

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Majority of young Japanese and foreign tourists hang out in Tokyo’s Shibuya district during Halloween. This entertainment district in the capital is one of the busiest and crowded areas in Japan especially during the much anticipated Halloween and Christmas seasons. Celebrating occasions and various festivals is already well engrained in the culture of the Japanese.

 

For instance, the summer season in the Land of the Rising Sun also brings with it vibrant and colorful festival celebrations, fireworks and many other interesting activities. But during the autumn season, young Japanese and foreign immigrants in the country would flack at the iconic scramble crossing at Shibuya for Halloween in order to drink and party up until the wee hours.

 

The iconic Hachiko statue which is located at Shibuya crossing has become witness to more than ten years of Halloween activities in the district which at times resulted in public disturbance. This year, the Tokyo government in cooperation with the local Shibuya police district made sure that they will protect public safety and ensure peace and order in the Shibuya during the course of the Halloween events.

 

Last 2018, the Halloween parties in Shibuya recorded thirteen arrests for misdemeanours and public crimes which include assault, groping and theft. There was even a video which circulated online showing a small truck being that was overturned by Halloween party goers in Shibuya. After the said incident, a lot of people across Japanese society argued that the Halloween celebrations in Shibuya are no longer safe for the public.


According to, Shibuya Ward Mayor Ken Hasebe in 2018, Halloween was “beginning to take root in the culture of Shibuya” and that he wants to develop it even more. His statement acknowledges that Tokyo will continue with its festivities and events during Halloween. But, this year, police patrol and visibility will be improved to secure the district.

 

Reference: Halloween’s rise in the 2010s provided Shibuya crossing with plenty of tricks and treats

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