Smokefree policy is enforced at the JR-East Company, except for a night
This photo was taken in April 2009.
North East Express 485, Ohdate- Aomori
East Japan Railway Company is the largest passenger railway company throughout
the world, and one of
the seven Japan Railway group companies. The company's name is officially
abbreviated as JR-East.
The headquarter is in Yoyogi, in front of Shinjuku station, Tokyo. JR-East
was incorporated in 1987,
after being spun off from the government-run Japanese National Railways.
Its railway lines primarily serve
Kanto and Tohoku regions, along with adjacent areas in Niigata, Yamanashi
and Shizuoka prefectures.
Smoke-free Platforms in JR-East $B#J#RElF|K\(B $B!!
Many train passengers wanted to prohibit smoking at railway plateform.
NHK broadcasting on April 1, 2009 (L) Announcement of total smoking ban
in JR-East (R) No more smoking space
NHK broadcasting, April 1, 2009
(L) This woman said the new policy of JR-East is very welcomed, because
we do not need to breathe in tobacco smoke.
(R) This man said it is a very good thing, it provides super chance for
me to stop smoking.
Starting April 2009, most metropolitan JR-Eas train stations will go to
smoke free, and ashtrays in platform are being
removed from 201 JR East stations. The smoke-free zone covers the area
of a radius of 40 to 50 kilometers. Later,
in October 2009, JR-East expanded a smoking ban to a platform of 378 stations,
with an area of radius of 70 kilometers
of Central Tokyo. The new regulation exempted closed smoking booths in
Tohoku and Jyoetsu Shinkansen platforms of
A smoking booth on the JR-East Shinkansen platform of Tokyo Central Station
(L) No-smoking sign board at Tokyo Central Station of the JR-East side
The numbers of station which prohibit smoking will be 201 from April 2009.
(R) It says JR-East extended to the area of nonsmoking stations much wider
from October 2009.
JR bans smoking at Tokyo-area stations.
Most metropolitan East Japan Railway Co. train stations will go to smoke
free,$B!!(Band platform ashtrays are
being removed from 201JR East stations on 17 lines, including the Yamanote,
Chuo, Sobu and Keihin-Tohoku
lines. The smoke-free zone covers a radius of 40 to 50 kilometers. Most
railways running through Tokyo
had already prohibited smoking by the Law established in 2003, which requesting
public facilities to
establish measures to prevent exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke. .
"We received many complaints from nonsmokers who were very concerned
about the tobacco-smoke
released by smokers." a JR East spokesman said of the carrier's December
decision to initiate the ban. $B!!(B
Dr. Manabu Sakuta, chairman of the Japan Society for Tobacco Control said
dividing smoking and
nonsmoking areas is not enough to prevent exposure to passive smoking.
"If one person smokes, the
secondhand smoke can reach a radius of 7 meters," he said. "This
means separate smoking areas are
not effective in preventing smoking from other people's tobacco-smoke.
At Shinagawa Station in Tokyo, smokers who had gathered around an ashtray
at the end of the Keihin-Tohoku
Line platform were resigned to the loss of their tobacco stand. I come
to Tokyo often on the Joetsu
Shinkansen, which is completely nonsmoking since 2007. I can manage,"
he said. It used to be hard when
the bans started since 2003, but now it's clearer where we can smoke. So
even if this is gone, I'm sure we
smokers will find somewhere to go.
Source: Japan Times, April 1, 2009, written by Setuko Kamiya
Smoking ban started at Tokyo JR stations.
JR-East completely banned smoking in about 200 stations in and around Tokyo
area starting April 2009,
after workers spent all night removing ashtrays from platforms. According
to East Japan Railway Co.,
the ban was imposed in stations within a radius of up to 50 kms from Tokyo
Station, that include the stations
in Chiba, Kanagawa, Saitama and Ibaraki prefectures. The ban covers most
stations in Tokyo and some in
surrounding prefectures. However, smokers will still be able to use special
smoking rooms with ventilators at
the Tokyo, Ueno, Shinjuku and Omiya major stations. There is really no
place to smoke," said a 25-year-old
company worker who used to smoke on station platforms while waiting for
trains. "But I have to accept it
because it's the trend of the times.
Source: Kyodo News April 2, 2009.
$B20Fb5J1l=j(B Smoking Room inside, JR-East
Yuze-Onsen railway station has a smoking room inside, between a waiting
room and railway platform.
(L) An enclosed smoking booth at the plateform of Marioka Shinkansen station
(R) An enclosed smoking booth at the plateform of Tokyo JR-East Shinkansen
The following night trains provide a smoking vehicle.
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A new deluxe sleeper-train provides smoking vehicles 2017.
Smoke-free railway systems
Narita Airport - Tokyo Railway services
All non-smoking Tokyo-Aomori bullet train 'Hayabusa' debuted in March 2011.
Maximum speed is 320 kms/H, the same level of France's TGV, the world fastest
All non-smoking Tokyo-Akita bullet train 'Super-Komachi' debuted in March
Hayabusa, the new 300 km/h shinkansen train operated by East Japan Railway
Super-Komach Shinkansen Train
All railway trains should be completely smoke -free.
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The article was written in July 2007, and last revised in January 2017,
by Junhaku Miyamoto, M.D., PhD.