Don Quijote Store To Halt Halloween Alcohol Sales

Don Quijote store to halt Halloween alcohol sales

A Japanese discount store chain says it will suspend alcohol sales at one of its Tokyo outlets for two days to help prevent disturbances during the Halloween season.

Don Quijote announced on Monday that alcoholic drinks will not be sold at its Shibuya Ward store on Saturday and October 31.

The measure will be in place from 6 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Shibuya Ward introduced an ordinance in June to ban drinking in public spaces on the weekend before Halloween as well as October 31 and November 1. The move followed a series of incidents involving young people who had gathered in the ward's entertainment area during Halloween last year.

The ordinance also asks retailers in the ward to cooperate with the alcohol ban.

The manager of the Shibuya store, Yohei Hasebe, says the suspension of alcohol sales is an inevitable reaction to last year's problems.