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Post Curfew Bars, Discos, Seek New Customers

Date Posted: 2000-10-27

The curfew imposed on American service members, banning them after midnight from establishments that serve alcohol, is forcing Okinawa City disco and bar owners to think of new ways of staying in business.

Disco Pyramid, once the most popular among the discos in the Nakanomachi district in Okinawa City, is also feeling the pinch. According to Shinji Isa, the manager of the Pyramid, the customer count is down to one fifth of what it once was. “Since the military started enforcing curfews on its members our business has gone nowhere but down,” Isa says. “Discos are the busiest in the small hours after midnight, but that’s when our American customers have to leave. And with no Americans, the tourists go too,” he claims.

Now the disco is having a facelift with the aim of attracting more Japanese customers. “Unfortunately we have to give up concentrating on catering to our American customers’ tastes, although they always will be welcome. We are renovating the interior to reflect the latest Japanese tastes and are concentrating our efforts on attracting Japanese tourists and local disco goers now,” Isa concluded.

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