Santa Claus bikers parade in Tokyo against child abuse

Japan Times -- Dec 21
Bikers on Harley Davidsons dressed in Santa Claus costumes rode through the streets of central Tokyo on Sunday for their annual parade against child abuse, saying more children were vulnerable in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The parade, followed by a toy run to donate toys to kids, is a global tradition around Christmas time. In Tokyo, the event is held by members of the “Harley Santa Club,” founded in 2008.

At the parade, bikers said this year’s event meant more, because more children were vulnerable to domestic violence during the pandemic.

“Especially because of the coronavirus pandemic this year, I think there are many child abuse cases out of sight,” said Takashi Mine, director of the event.

- Japan Times