We at JNC hope that our American readers are having a wonderful holiday with your families this week. Forty years ago today, a different sort of celebration was taking place, when 3,000 bosozoku bikes and cars took to the streets of Tokyo on the night of November 22, 1978 for an event known as Doukoho.
Doukoho is short for douro koutsu hou kaisei, the “road traffic law change” that would soon take effect across Japan. While ostensibly it was meant for safety and included new laws that made motorcycle helmets mandatory and vaguely prohibited “joint dangerous acts” on the road, the real reason was to give law enforcement a reason to crack down on Japan’s motorcycle gangs and street racers. It was part protest, part last hurrah, and reportedly it was the biggest gathering of bosozoku in Japan’s history.
Happy Doukoho from JNC!