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Tokyo on high alert over Halloween crowd after Seoul tragedy

As costumed revelers head to Shibuya, expert stresses need for risk awareness

People flood the street in Tokyo's Shibuya district on Oct. 31: Police in the city are on high alert, eager to avoid the overcrowding that led to a deadly stampede in Seoul on Oct. 29.    © Kyodo

TOKYO -- The shocking deaths of more than 150 revelers in Seoul has reminded the world of the risks of excessive crowding, putting officials in another Asian capital known for Halloween hordes, Tokyo, on high alert.

Tokyo's Shibuya district, famous for its large "scramble crossing," where pedestrians scurry in all directions, draws large numbers of people on Oct. 31. These crowds have caused trouble in the past, including in 2018 when unruly party-goers overturned a truck.

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