“For over ten years Amemura has been home to some of the biggest nightclubs in Osaka, but a call for action in 2010 to clean up the south has all but put them out of business—with authorities strictly enforcing a 1AM curfew outlined in the archaic adult entertainment or “fuzoku” laws.”
"Fuzoku law and the concept of making late-night dancing illegal obviously feels outdated and excessive to fans of the club culture, but oppression of this culture by legislation isn’t limited to Japan. In England—a country renowned as one of the birthplaces of electronic music—the infamous 1994 Criminal Justice Act outlawed unlicensed open-air raves at which music "characterized by…a succession of repetitive beats" is played, causing an uproar from the UK dance music community."
“It’s now over 12 months since the crackdown began, and Osaka’s club life is finally beginning to find its feet again. Along with the emerging Sunday afternoon events, innovative solutions such as parties in restaurants, invite-only parties, “secret parties” with an unpublished location (relying on word-of-mouth) are all now taking place on a more regular basis.”