Stores To Suspend Liquor Sales On Halloween

Stores to suspend liquor sales on Halloween

Two major retail store operators say their outlets in Tokyo's Shibuya district will not sell alcoholic drinks in glass bottles on Halloween.

Major Japanese discount chain Don Quijote and convenience store operator Lawson decided the move in response to a request from Shibuya Ward. The local administration asked for cooperation from shops near Shibuya Station to prevent drunken partygoers from bothering people.

In recent years, the scramble crossing in front of Shibuya Station and the nearby streets have become a gathering point for those celebrating Halloween on the night of October 31st.

Some residents have complained about partying and noise late into the night and the huge amount of garbage left by the revelers.

A Don Quijote outlet near Shibuya Station will stop selling alcoholic beverages in glass bottles on Wednesday next week through 6:00 AM on Thursday.

Lawson will do the same at its 6 shops near the station starting at 6:00 PM on Wednesday until 6:00 AM on Thursday.