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Japan’s War on Dance: Clubbing In The State Of Fueiho

Most people don’t think of Japan when they talk about Dance music, but the country’s 60-year-old “fueiho” laws have imposed strict regulations on nightclub culture and are causing their vibrant dance scene to lose its meaning. With Tokyo hosting the 2020 Olympics debates to reform the laws have already begun, though clubs are still operating in a legal gray area. THUMP spoke with key figures in the Japanese dance community, tracing the beginnings of the anti-fueiho movement to today’s recent discussions.

Written by Richardine Bartee

Her unprejudiced love for people, the arts, and business have taken her this far. Join Richardine on her journey as she writes history into existence, one article at a time. Richardine is a member of the Recording Academy/GRAMMYs, and a GRAMMY U Mentor. She is part of the Complex Day Ones, an exclusive community to help make the Complex experiences even better.