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An anti-smoking measurer of the JR-Tokai
and JR-West is really putting the clock back!

The Japanese Government does not prohibit smoking in a train vehicle.

The smoking policies of JR-Tokai and JR-West Companies are against the current world
anti-smoking measures, and support smokers to put a cigarette in a railway carriage.

A smoking room is provided in each high-speed train of JR-Tokai and JR -West.

(L) The entrance to the smoking vehicle ( First Class ): This picture was taken in June 2012.
(R) A smoking scene in a smoking vehicle of a bullet train operated by JR-Tokai and JR-West
was up in YouTube by Anthony Leong.

The standard composition of JR-Tokai and JR-West Shinkansen train:
Car No. 10, 15 and 16 are smoking car.No. 10 is a first-class vehicle.

JR Tokai launches new N700A bullet train.

Operation of the N700A shinkansen, the first new bullet train developed by JR-Tokai in roughly
six years, began on Feb. 8 2013, with crowds of railway fans turning up to see the train off
at departure ceremonies in Tokyo and Osaka. Its external appearance is practically the same
at that of the N700 bullet train and has the equal maximum speed of 270 kilometers per hour.
However, the new model has a braking system that kicks in during power cuts caused by
earthquakes and other events, and the distance it takes the train to come to a stop has been
reduced by 10 percent. N700A is controlled by a computer through use of an automatic train
control system, with a "constant speed controller" enabling the train to quickly recovering
the delays, which is the first system of its kind in a bullet train in Japan. The new model also
has safety enhancements with a system to detect abnormal vibration and prevent accidents.
We're proud to have the best and latest carriages," said Seki, chief of JR Tokai's bullet train
operations division, at a ceremony before the departure. "Half a century has passed since
the birth of the Tokaido Shinkansen. We have served as one of Japan's main arteries, and want
to continue providing the world's highest standard of transportation services.
Reference: The Mainichi, February 8, 2013

However, JR-Tokai neglected the world's trend to abolish smoking room in a railway train. JR-Tokai,
JR-West and some other railway companied in Kansai district still provide a smoking car, in which
smoking is allowed in a train seat, or smoking booth in a train. This is harmful to a train passenger
and against to the health policy. Unfortunately, Japanese Government and a local prefecture
do not control the undesirable policy of these railway companies. I think that Japanese technology
is one of the highest standards throughout the world, although
the way of thinking about smoking
control is entirely devoid of good sense or judgment
, compared to the advanced countries.
The article was written by Junhaku Miyamoto, M.D.,PhD, on February 8, 2013.

All Shinkansen train stations between Tokyo and Osaka will have an enclosed
smoking rooms

JR Tokai, Central Japan Railway Company announced on Ferruary 15, 2013, it would abolish
open air smoking areas on the platforms of all 17 stations between Tokyo and Osaka.
It would build an enclosed smoking room on platforms or other alternative sites at all of
the stations, excluding Tokyo and Nagoya, which already have such facilities. Under
460 million-yen project, all outdoor areas of the shinkansen stations are expected to be
smoke-free by the spring of 2014.
Source: Kyodo, Tokyo, February 15, 2012

An enclosed smoking room is not the solution for the adverse effects of

JR Tokai announced that it would abolish open air smoking areas and built an enclosed
smoking room on platforms or other alternative sites at all the shinkansen stations.
However, this is not the good solution to avoid the toxic influences of tobacco products.
Two side effects exist when a person put light on cigarette. The one is the second-hand
smoking. The other is the third-hand smoking. 

The residue on clothing, wallpaper can react with a common indoor pollutant to generate
dangerous chemicals called tobacco-specific nitrosamines (TSNA). Substantial traces of
TSNA was also found on the inside surfaces of a smoking room packed with a heavy smoker.
Smokers themselves are also contaminated. Smokers actually emit toxins from clothing
and hair. Researchers say the third-hand-smoke is a health hazard, and suggest
a complete ban on smoking in the enclosed places to eliminate any risk. Nicotine residues
from a tobacco-smoke hang around for weeks or months.

An information guide of smoking rooms in the train of JR Tokai super-express train

How to avoid a toxic side-smoke leaked from a smoking room provide by JR Tokai, JR West
and Kintetsu Express trains:
For example, when smoking booth is provided in the carriages of No.3 and No.7, it is strongly to
advise a non-smoking passenger to take a reserved ticket for No.5-carriage, to eliminate any kind of health damage.

Narita airport smoking rooms JR's N700 high-speed train provides a smoking room.
The smoking room in the train infringes the health of the passengers.
Narita airport smoking rooms Kinki-Nippon Railway Company claims the necessity of installing the room for smokers in all express trains.
The smoking room in the train adversely affects the health of the passengers.

Three major Japanese railway companies think that the smoking car and/or smoking booth
in a train are the superb service to train passengers.
JR-East Railway
Kinki-Nippon Railway company still operates smoking vehicles.
The railway company leading a passenger to health damage

I have traveled over many countries using a train, in Canada, US, India, Thailand, Taiwan, Australia,
New Zealand and European countries; however, nowadays, I have never experienced to hear the
announcement of to guide a smoking room or booth in a train. This kind of guidance might be all
train passengers to recognize the need of smoking space in a train, and for smokers, inhibit the
feeling not to smoke for a while. As a result, it might work as promoting a smoking during his train
trip until he arrives at the destination.

In 2017, 50 countries, including the above-mentioned countries, allows smoking inside of the train.
Japanese government should restrict such a smoking in a train by law. Otherwise, it will put our
people in Japan shamed at the coming 2020 Olympic game.
Junhaku Miymoto, M.D.,PhD.

 Announcement in a train with smoking booth of JR's Tokaido-Shinkansen super-express

Cars 1, 2 and 3 are for the passengers without seat reservations. Smoking is not allowed on
this train except in the designated smoking rooms located in cars 3, 7 and 15. The smoking room
in car No.10 is for the passengers in the Green Cars. Please refrain from smoking in the train, 
including areas at either end of the cars.

When I was on the Shinkansen platform at Kyoto JR Station, I heard a loud announce voice echoing
in the ears just before the train entering to the station; smoking rooms are located at the Car3, Car7,
Car15 for regular vehicles, and Car10 for a Green Car (first-class). A loud announcement for smoking
facilities of the Shinkansen trains coming to the Kyoyo Station, which is the representative of Japan's
old capital railway station would make the tourists from abroad might feel uncomfortable! Such an
excessive support of smoking behavior leads Japan as a country preferential to a smoker, and it counters
the positive impression of Kyoto.
Junhaku Miyamoto, M.D.,PhD. November 2017

Travel by Train
All railway trains should be completely smoke -free.

イタリア鉄道旅行・シシリア Italia Rail: Trenitalia
アイルランド鉄道旅行 Rail Travel Ireland
ニュージランド鉄道旅行 NZ Rail: Tranz Alpine/Scenic
オーストラリア鉄道旅行 Brief Journey by Australian Rail
米国・東北部鉄道旅行 Amtrak Acela Express: Boston-Newyork
パリ近郊鉄道・地下鉄 Washington DC Metro/Union Station
シカゴ鉄道 Chicago CTA Rail
マイアミ鉄道 Miami Metro Rail

ストックホルム・空港鉄道 Stockholm Arlanda Airport and Express
ストックホルム地下鉄 Stockholm County Railways
スエーデンX2000の旅 X2000:Stockholm-Copenhagen Express
コペンハーゲン近郊鉄道・地下鉄 Greater Copenhagen Railways
パリ鉄道ターミナル駅 Paris Rail Terminals
パリ近郊鉄道・地下鉄 Paris Metro-RER-Tram
フィンランド鉄道 路面電車 地下鉄 Railways in Helsinki, Finland

韓国高速鉄道 Korea Train Express, Airport Express and Metro
タイ・バンコク鉄道 Bangkok Mass Transit/Thai Railways
韓国高速鉄道 Indian Railway
韓国高速鉄道 Dehli Metro
台湾高速鉄道 Taiwan High-Speed Rail
台湾高速鉄道 China High-Speed Rail

シカゴ鉄道 Portugal Metro, Railways
マイアミ鉄道 Amsterdam Rail
シカゴ鉄道 High-speed train in Spain 2010
マイアミ鉄道 Barcelona Railways

 Railway Travel in France 2011
 Railway Travel in Germany 2011
 Vancouver Skytrain
パリ近郊鉄道・地下鉄 Edomonton Metro
パリ近郊鉄道・地下鉄 VIA train, Vancouver to Jasper
パリ近郊鉄道・地下鉄 Alaskan Railroad

米国横断鉄道旅行 Amtrak: Seattle to Glacier National Park
米国横断鉄道旅行 Airport Express and MTR, Hong Kong
サンフランシスコ鉄道 San Francisco: cable-car, tram and Bart
サンフランシスコ鉄道 High-speed train in Germany, Austria and Switzerland 2013

 Moscow Metro
 Saint Petersburg Metro
 Sapsan, high-speed train of Russia
 Allegro, high-speed train between Finland and Russia

パリ近郊鉄道・地下鉄 Alaskan Railroad
パリ近郊鉄道・地下鉄 Railways connecting Canberra and Sydney, Australia
米国・東北部鉄道旅行 Gold Coast Light-Rail
パリ近郊鉄道・地下鉄 Train in Norway, Trondheim to Oslo

 Narita Airport-City Rail Service
 Japanese high-speed train 'Hayabusa'
 Japanese high-speed train 'Super-Komachi'
Total smoking ban in the railway trains is the common sense of the world.

 All high-speed trains in China are smoke-free.

Olympic Games and a restriction of smoking in a train by the host countries

1948 XIV London (UK)              
1952 XV Helsinki railways Helsinki(Finland)            Smoking is prohibited in a train.
1956 XVI Australia rail trip Melbourne (Australia)         Smoking is prohibited in a train.
Stockholm railways Stickholm(Sweden)          Smoking is prohibited in a train.
1960 XVII Italia rail trip Roma(Italy)              Smoking is prohibited in a train.
1964 XVIII Japan high speed railways Tokyo(Japan)      Smoking is allowed in a train.
1968 XIX Mexico City(Mexico)          Inadequate information
1972 XX Munich(West Germany)        Smoking is prohibited in a train.
1976 XXI Canada smoking ban Montral(Canada)           Smoking is prohibited in a train.
1980 XXII Moscow(Soviet Union)        Smoking is prohibited in a train.
1984 XXIII United States Los Angeles(United States)      Smoking is prohibited in a train.
1988 XXIV Korea Seoul(Korea)             Smoking is prohibited in a train.
1992 XXV Spain Barcelona(Spain)           Smoking is prohibited in a train.
1994        Norway Lillehammer(Norway)        Smoking is prohibited in a train.
1996 XXVI United States Atlanta(United State)         Smoking is prohibited in a train.
1998        Japan high speed railways Nagano(Japan)             Smoking is allowed in a train.
2000 XXVII australia Sydney(Australia)           Smoking is prohibited in a train.
2002        United States Salt Lake City(United State)      Smoking is prohibited in a train.
2004 XXVIII Greece Athenes(Greece)            Smoking is prohibited in a train.
2006        Italia rail trip Turin(Italy)              Smoking is prohibited in a train.
2008 XXIX China Beijing(China)              Smoking is prohibited in a train. 
2010        Canada smoking ban Vancouver(Canada)          Smoking is prohibited in a train.
2012 XXX London(UK)              Smoking is prohibited in a train.
2014         Sochi(Russia)              Smoking is prohibited in a train.
2016 XXXI Brazil Rio de Janeiro(Brazil)          Smoking is prohibited in a train.
2018        Korea Pyengchang County(Korea)       Smoking is prohibited in a train.
2020 XXXII Japan high speed railways Tokyo(Japan)           Smoking is allowed in a train.
2022        China Beijing(China)             Smoking is prohibited in a train.
2024 XXXII 高速鉄道網建設 Paris(France)            Smoking is prohibited in a train.
2028 XXVIIII United States Los Angeles(USA)            Smoking is prohibited in a train.

This table shows the smoking ban in a train at the Olympic host countries in and after July 2014.
China Government charges 2,000 Yuan for a violation of smoking restriction in a high-speed train.
In UK, a penalty of the maximum 200 pounds is applied for a smoking at a smoke-free designated vehicle.
Japanese Government admit to installing a smoking booth in a train to support smoking act.

Health warning tobacco Beware of Third-Hand Smoke

Japan's effort to curb exposure to secondhand smoke is one of the worst in the world.
Health Ministry 2016
Smoke free should be the minimum standard for the host city of the Olympics.
Olympic healthy sports environment is frustrating.
You have to select carefully restaurants in which smoking is prohibited.

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「禁煙席ネット」主宰 日本タバコフリー学会顧問 医学博士 宮本順伯
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The article was written in July 2007, and last revised in November 2017, by Junhaku Miyamoto, M.D., PhD.
Information was added in June 2020.

Tokyo-Aomori all non-smoking bullet train 'Hayabusa' debuted in March 2011.
Maximum speed 320km/H

Special Note:
 Russia unduly occupies our Northern Territories of Japan.
 Smoke-free hotels in Japan
  Domestic travel in Japan
 Smoke-free should be the minimum standard for the host city in the Olympic.
 WHO: Smoking should be banned in all public spaces.
 World population: seven billion v.s. Declining birth rate in Japan
 Nobody in the earth can destroy the natural beauty of the land.
 Stop merging war criminals and war victims at Yasukuni Shrine.
 Tax saving's rental housing is mushrooming.

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