Youth of Japan Prepare to Stay Out Late at the Arcade

A relaxation in regional regulations will allow teenagers in various parts of Japan to stay out later at game centers and arcades beginning June 23, 2016.

 

Under the previously regulations, children under the age of 16 couldn’t hang out at game centers after 6PM JST even when accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Under the new regulations, children under the age of 16 can stay at the game center as late as 10PM JST with adult supervision.

 

 

The regulations vary on a region-to-region basis as follows:

 

  • Miyagi, Saitama, Kanagawa, and Tokushima Prefectures: children under the age of 16 with adult supervision can stay at game centers until 8PM JST.
  • Fukushima Prefecture: children under the age of 16 with adult supervision can stay at game centers until 8PM JST, while children that are over 16 but under 18 with adult supervision can stay at game centers until 10PM JST.
  • Iwate, Ibaraki, Tochigi, and Tottori Prefectures: children under the age of 16 with adult supervision can stay at game centers until 6PM JST. (no change)
  • Okinawa Prefecture: children under the age of 18 with adult supervision can stay at game centers until 8PM. (no change)
  • Other prefectures: children under the age of 16 with adult supervision can stay at game centers until 10PM.

 

The goal of the loosening restrictions is to allow families to have a fun night out at the game center after dinner.

 

 

Take back the night, kids! (With adult supervision.)

 

Source: Official Namco home page via Yaraon!

 

Paul Chapman is the host of The Greatest Movie EVER! Podcast and GME! Anime Fun Time.