Tokyo police arrested 5 people over the weekend for alleged assaults and other misdeeds in the run-up to Halloween on Wednesday. Police are calling on people gathering to celebrate the day to behave lawfully.
Many costumed revelers have been congregating since Saturday at the famous scramble crossing at Shibuya Station. Most are young adults, including some foreign tourists.
Some were drinking alcohol and causing disturbances in the road.
Some Halloween revelers overturned a small truck early Sunday. The driver got out of the vehicle safely.
Frequent scuffles have broken out in heavily crowded areas around the crossing. Three people have been arrested on suspicion of assault. Two others were collared for groping and similar misconduct.
Shoppers appear to be avoiding the popular commercial district because of the rowdy revelers.
The manager of a drugstore complained that sales are bad despite the number of people in the area, and said store hours may be shortened on Halloween.
Extra police officers will patrol the area through Halloween on Wednesday.