The country’s infamous Fueiho law (set in 1948) has been officially adjusted and, taking effect 2016, it will see clubs able to apply for a new license called ‘Tokutei Yukyo Inshokuten Eigyo’ allowing them to open for 24 hours.
However, as well as obtaining permission from a local public safety commission, special lighting requirements will need to be met by venues in order to apply for the license. Clubs with lighting brighter than 10 lux will be allowed to apply for the license. “Police will measure illumination in the clubs’ seating areas and permit dimmer light in dance areas, given that light settings can vary on the dance floor”, says the Japan Times.
If dance clubs do not meet new standards for lighting, which is roughly a “movie theatre during intermission”, they will continue to be recognised as an ‘adult entertainment business’ by the government and be required to close between midnight and sunrise. Clubs which do not wish to serve alcohol will not require the license however.
Source: Resident Advisor