Celebrations relatively subdued as Halloween returns to Tokyo

The streets were packed and the pubs and clubs were packed on Saturday night as central Tokyo welcomed Halloween revelers in droves – but celebrations remained muted compared to the pre-pandemic years, with memories of a costumed attacker stabbing in 2021 still fresh.

After midnight, news of the deadly crush came during Halloween celebrations in Seoul, putting a damper on the rest of the Halloween weekend and raising important questions about safety.

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