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Tokyo braces for big Halloween turnout

Police braced for massive Halloween crowds at major shopping districts in Tokyo on Wednesday evening, expecting a possible repeat of antisocial behavior that saw a small truck overturned and five people arrested on the weekend.

Expecting the largest Halloween turnout in the busy Shibuya district since the weekend, several hundred members of the city’s security forces are to be mobilized in the area to monitor crowds through early Thursday.

Special police officers dubbed «DJ police,» who aim to marshal crowds with a spirit of goodwill, are to be dispatched to the area.

Between Saturday night and Sunday morning, five people were arrested in Shibuya on suspicion of groping women or trying to take photos or videos up their skirts.

Shibuya Mayor Ken Hasebe has urged people to be on good behavior and to observe the law, criticizing the weekend’s incidents as «absolutely intolerable» in a statement released Monday.

[Photo courtesy of Yu Yuki, head of Yu mental clinic] 

All — Kyodo News+

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