Many restaurants in Japan have a section of smoking and nonsmoking.
In Japan, many restaurants and cafes show the number of smoking and no-smoking
seat at the entrance
of shops. However, the sign plate means this cafe shop provides the seat for non-smokers and for smokers
in the same inner space with no wall or complete partition between two
Actually, this is meaningless, in view point of preventing an adverse toxic
gas released from the tip of cigarette.
(L) There is a total of 36 seats. Smoking seats are 26 and non-smoking
seats are 10, at Cafe Pronto at the Tokyo International Airport ( Haneda)
(R) This cafe in the central Tokyo shows the seat information; it has 46 smoking
seats and 14 non-smoking seats in this shop.
No complete partition exists between two sections.
(L) This cafe prohibits a photography taking, and cell-phone; however,
it allows smoking inside.
(M) A sign plate shows all seats are for smoking, and the firm does not
provide the non-smoking seat.
The writer observed that a family accompanied with children entered into
this shop without any hesitation.
Above-mentioned eating places are located in Shinjuku district, Tokyo.
(L) Smoking is allowed in Becks coffee-shop at the basement of JR Shinjuku
(M) This signboard says smoking is OK in the inner seats of Freshness-Burger
Almost all Freshness-Burger shops allow smoking inside of the shop.
(R) All seats are smoking seat at Asakusa, Tokyo.
(L) A restaurant cafe, 'First Kitchen' provides 42 non-smoking seats and
40 smoking seats in the same indoor space.
As other cafes, it displayed a lunchtime no-smoking hours.
(M) This is a bakery shop which allows smoking inside. Smoking seats are
19; non-smoking 22.
Both eating places are in the central Tokyo.
(R) This shows a smoking section of a cafe at the basement floor of Shinjuku
railway station and the Odakyu
department store, Tokyo. It looks separated from the other space; however,
the space above the door is open.
All tobacco-smoke is flowing out to a passage of the station.
Indoor smoking in Japan is much less restricted than in many other nations,
and Japan accounts for much
of the tobacco consumption in Asia, and is second only to China as Asia's
Nearly 30 million people smoke in Japan, making the country one of the
world's important tobacco
markets. Japan is one of the last industrialized nations around the world
where adult smoking is still
widespread. Statistics show Japanese men smoke at one of the highest rates
in the world in 2002.
As of 2010, the total smoking rate of Japanese is 24%, 36.6% of men and
12.1% of women: this is
the lowest recorded figure since Japan Tobacco began surveying in 1965.
Unlike in Europe and North America, where smoking bans to apply to many
restaurants, bars and
public areas, smoking is possible almost anywhere in Japan. Only a few
anti-smoking laws, as many
politicians and the Ministry of Finance itself has interests in income
tax from tobacco sales.
Many of the wards of Tokyo are applying various kinds of outside smoking
restriction laws. They
have designated special smoking sections in areas, and it is punishable
by fine if caught smoking
on a sidewalk. Chiyoda ward of Tokyo banned smoking while walking on busy
streets from 2002,
the first local government in Japan to do so. Unfortunately, no government
enforcement has been
aimed to ban smoking inside restaurants and cafes.
Kanagawa Prefectural ordinance, which is the first law to restrict smoking
in a public place in Japan.
However, the ordinance was watered down by the resistance of the tobacco
industry and owners of a
restaurant and bar. As a result, all facilities, including a restaurant,
now have the go-ahead to create
a separate smoking section inside. The Kanagawa's bill will be substantial
with penalties, since smoking
to ban smoking in public spaces could end up being just a slogan. Further,
restaurants and bars that
are smaller than 100 square meter, which consists of more than 70% of total
food business shops
were excluded from this law.
Matsuzawa, Governor of Kanagawa Prefecture at that time, made a complete
about-face, and limited
the fields of the total smoking ban are only to schools, hospitals, department
buildings and railways, except for operating a smoking-car of JR Tokai's
It banned smoking at beaches, and various public facilities such as schools
and hospitals, which
facilities, however, were smoke-free now anyway.
Matsuzawa and his supporter insisted and promoted to create the facilities
to introduce completely
separate smoking rooms. The grand mistake of the policy of Kanagawa Prefecture
is to abandon
a total carpet smoking ban. A further serious mistake he did was to neglect
the health of employees
who work, and authorize laborers to work in an enclosed space with a toxic
smoke-filled air. This is
definitely against the purpose of the clean-air act: anti-smoking law.
(L) Why this shop says 'sorry' for that all seats are non-smoking?
It should state that we are proud of being smokefree in this restaurant.
This photo was taken at Roppongi, Tokyo, in January 2013.
(R) This KFC shop in Shinjuku district became smokefree after the health-promotion
law went into effect in 2003.
However, because of a marked decrease of customers, the shop did a 180-degree
turn to allow smoking at all seats.
This smokers-friendly policy lasted nearly eight years, then, created a
seat for a non-smokers. Although there is no
complete partition existed between smokers' seats, a complaint continued.
In 2012, it turned back to all smoke-free.
(L) Salon de the Paul (R) A smoking booth is located not far away.
You do not to need to worry much. Paul's restaurant at Yotsuya, Tokyo is
smokefree 64 inside seats and 24 terrace seats.
Paul in Paris, which was established in 1889, has over one hundred shops
Now, many department stores in Tokyo provide a smokefree restaurant. However,
a smoking booth is always nearby on the same floor.
Unless it banns smoking in the entire building, a restaurant user may put
the light on at all eating houses.
(L) It is lucky to see this sign of a total smoking ban in a restaurant.
(R) The shop does not provide smoking and non-smoking seats in the different
rooms. No partition or wall
exists between both chairs. This sign plate is posted under the name of
Tokyo Metropolitan Government.
The above pictures were taken in April 2013.
(L) The signboard of business hours in a noodle shop in the premises of
Tokyo Terminal Station
In the week-days, all seats are for smoking until 11AM; after that until
4PM, it becomes non-smoking,
However, all guests would be a victim of the third-hand side-smoke, with
the possible risk
for cancer and other diseases.
(R) This is a coffee shop which allows smoking inside. Smoking seats are
18; non-smoking 22.
This picture was taken in November 2015, at Hida-Takayama, which retains
a traditional touched old town
in the central Japan.
Unfortunately, as of November 2015, there is no plan to enforce a total
smoking ban in a restaurant and
other food industries in Japan. Therefore, you have to watch the sign of
'all seats are no-smoking' or
not, or ask whether anyone can smoke inside of a restaurant at the entrance
of that place, before you
sit on that restaurant. No other way exists to protect you from dangerous
tobacco smoke while eating
in a restaurant facility in Japan.
Pront coffee-shop in Odaiba shows the number of smoking seats is 78. In
contrast, the non-smoking seat is 68.
Many restaurants are similar, and some shows the lunch-time non-smoking
and all smoking after that and in the evening time.
( Picture was taken at Odaiba, in April 2019.)
Odaiba is a popular shopping and entertainment district on a man-made island
in Tokyo Bay.
How do you say that in Japanese, at the entrance to a restaurant?
Can I put a light on cigarette here?
Yes, you can.
'Hai' ' Hai-douzo kochirahe'
If you get this kind of answer, you had better to leave that restaurant
I advise you that if you cannot see the non-smoking sign over the entrance,
you should avoid using that restaurant.
A tobacco company is trying to brainwash Japanese people.
TV commercial by Japan Tobacco Inc.:
(L) No smoking during the lunch time ( 11:30-14:00) is very odd setup,
only seen in Japan.
I have never seen this kind ridiculous sign board in any part of the world.
This setup came from the idea that the selection of smoking and non-smoking
seat during lunch-time
rush hour is inefficient. This is, absolutely, not from the point of health
of customers or restaurant workers.
(M) It appears to be adequate to separate the smoking and non-smoking seats
on each floor of the building.
However, there exists no consideration of the adverse effects of toxic
floating gas on the restaurant workers,
at the floor level which allows smoking.
(R) The sign board shows that smoking is allowed on the counter seats,
but not on the table seats.
This means all space of this restaurant is same to the smoking room, that
does not protect a child's health.
A mother should recognize the high risk of cigarette smoke in this restaurant.
TV commercial by Japan Tobacco Inc.( Broadcasted in November 2012 )
JT always opposes to the total smoking ban, and insists to provide a smoking-booth
inside of a building.
Restaurant industry opposes total smoking ban ahead of 2020 Olympics.
Minister Shigeru Ishiba ( 40 years of smoking history )
Japanese restaurant-industry groups on 12 January voiced opposition to
a total ban on smoking in restaurants
following moves to further combat passive smoking ahead of the 2020 Tokyo
Olympics and Paralympics.
At a meeting in Tokyo of industry organizations, participants expressed
concern that a smoking ban would
drive small businesses into the ground. They said Japan should aim to become a leading country in promoting
separate smoking areas. The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare wants to ban smoking, in principle,
restaurants and aims to submit to the Diet a bill to revise the Health
Promotion Law to prevent secondhand smoke.
The meeting adopted a resolution that voluntary efforts by the industry
be better recognized. It is the time
to come up with creative ideas for realizing a society in which everyone
can enjoy themselves without troubling
others, said Shigeru Ishiba, a former secretary-general of the ruling-Liberal
Democratic Party, who attended
the event on that day.
Source: Kyodo, January 12, 2017
Olympic 2020: Japan has a serious health problem with the safety of restaurants.
A Full-page newspaper ad by JT: Asahi Shinbun+ TV ad
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ban in restaurants, providing many
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facilities and facilities with less than 30 square
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Department of Health, Labor and Welfare announced to assist an establishment
$B!!!!(Bsmoking room in restaurant and hotels, and will increase the financial
support rate from the present 25% to 50%
$B!!(B $B!!(B of the whole construction fee in 2013.
Smoking-room rate and the availability of smoke-free restaurants in hotels
$B!!(B$B!!!!!!(BOn-the-spot survey in 2013- 2016
Inspection by Dr. Judith Mackay, senior policy adviser, WHO
$B!!(BDr. Judith Mackay said the tobacco policy in Japan is the worst in the world.
A new proposal about smoking regulation by the Health Ministry in January 2018
This is the worst anti-smoking measure in the World, neglecting WHO and
Smoke-free hotels in Japan
Smoke-free hotels in Tokyo
Smoke-free hotels in Kyoto and Nara
Smoking guest-room ratio of the famed local hotels in Japan
(L) 'Tokyo Smoke-free Restaurants Guide' by Dr.Miyamoto, 2004
(R) 'A lonely- wolf Country' by Dr.Miyamoto, 2015:
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The article was written in January 2013, and last revised in November 2013,
by Junhaku Miyamoto, M.D., PhD.
Dr.Miyamoto is the author of 2004 Smokefree Restaurants and Cafes in Tokyo.
This book, written in Japanese,
presented the individual on-the-spot survey of 1500 restaurants and cafes
in the central part of Tokyo.
This field work was conducted in 2003.
This site was last revised in January 2017.