TOKYO -- Halloween chaos has haunted Shibuya in recent years, leading the ward to earmark some 100 million yen to deploy security guards, spread awareness and adopt other safety measures for the upcoming event.
Shibuya Ward Mayor Ken Hasebe announced the spending in a press conference at the ward office on Oct. 24. He called on revelers, who gather in front of Shibuya Station to celebrate the annual event, to "have fun while maintaining good manners and morals."
Shibuya will deploy well over 100 security guards from 6 p.m. to 5 a.m. the next morning on Oct. 26 and Oct. 31 -- when crowds of partygoers are expected to appear. Ward officials will also patrol the area to warn visitors from drinking alcohol on the streets.
Furthermore, a total of 60 portable toilets will be installed at four locations near the station, and an organization of local retail stores and other bodies will set up fitting rooms near the Shibuya 109 department store.
Mayor Hasebe stated, "The gatherings aren't events held by the ward, they just occur naturally. To be honest, I would prefer not to use local taxpayers' money. I would like visitors to have a good time, but also avoid behaving badly and return home on the last train at the latest."
Last year, Shibuya saw a flood of about 100,000 revelers, and people under the influence of alcohol caused trouble. This year, the ward has enacted an ordinance banning public drinking on streets and at parks near Shibuya Station during Halloween and on other days.
(Japanese original by Kosuke Hino, Tokyo Bureau)