Japan Lifts 67-Year Old Ban on Dancing

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The 'Footloose'-type law banning dancing after midnight came into effect after WWII when dance halls were fronts for prostitution.

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 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was lifted last week when Japanese lawmakers decided the repeal the law after years of repeated criticism that it was out of date and obsolete.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 the presence of 'no dancing signs' prominently displayed in Japanese clubs.

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 and called for arresting club promoters and DJs.

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