Tokyo enforced smoking ban outside.
A signboard to inform the outdoor smoking regulation in Chiyoda, Tokyo.
Smoking is not allowed on a street, but OK in a restaurant?
Get Off Those Sidewalks, Smokers, and Go Inside - In many countries, it
is illegal to smoke indoors,
but legal to smoke outdoors. In Tokyo, people light up with abandon in
restaurants, *taxis and many
offices. However, now on some congested downtown sidewalks, red-and-white
stencils mark zones
where it is illegal to smoke outdoors. Health-conscious Americans might
suspect the new rules are
an effort to shield nonsmokers from secondhand smoke, or to put a dent
in cancer rates. For
Japanese critics, an outdoor smoking ban suggests that officials in this
tidy nation worry
more about singed suits than sooty lungs. The rules, which apply only to
premier districts of
central Tokyo, are intended not to promote health, but rather to cut the
litter of discarded cigarette
butts and to reduce damage to clothing on busy sidewalks.
* A taxi in Tokyo enforced a non-smoking policy in January 2008. This is
not a government regulation,
but the decision was made by the Tokyo Taxi Association. Behind that movements
to smoking ban in
taxis, there was a judicial support that said total smoking would be preferable
to avoid passive smoking.
(L) Smokers get inside of a restaurant to put light on cigarette to avoid
a penalty in the street.
(R) This space for tobacco vending machine sponsored by the Japan Tobacco
Inc. is the only free shelter
for a pedestrian can smoke without fear to get a ticket of \2,000 ( $18.0
). A big signboard at entrance
represents that tobacco leaves protect a smoker from the penalty imposed
by the ordinance.
A tobacconist set up a smoking booth for smokers in his shop, since the local ordinance prohibits
smoking on a sidewalk of the city. This is a scene in Tokyo was photographed
in April 2013.
Manners in public spaces must come ahead of individual habits," said
Masami Ishikawa, mayor of
Chiyoda ward. The ward is the nation's spiritual, political, commercial
and media nerve center,
encompassing the Parliament building, the Imperial Palace, part of the
Ginza, downtown banks, hotels
Chiyoda residents want the area to become free of cigarette butts on a
very busy street,
" the 60-year-old mayor added. "I hope the ordinance will prompt
new rules on the nation's smoking
culture. "With the measure here winning widespread publicity, a host
of other cities across the country
had contacted the ward government for advice for their own outdoor anti-smoking
despite the annoyance of a **$20 fine for smoking on a downtown sidewalk in central Tokyo,
Japan is likely to remain a smoker's paradise.
The government earns ***$17 billion in taxes from the cigarette sales, and tobacco tribe of lawmakers
makes sure that there is no serious financing for anti-smoking campaigns.
Japan is the world's largest importer of cigarettes,
about 83 billion a year. Japanese smokers also pay the near-lowest taxes
in the developed world, only ****$1.16 a pack.
With ***** 600,000 cigarette vending machines operating nationwide, the $2 pack costs
the equivalent of eight minutes
of work in Tokyo, compared with 20 minutes in Los Angeles and 40minutes
in London. Health advocates say the crackdown
in parts of Tokyo may push some smokers to quit. However, they concede
that it may also simply force smokers inside,
sparing dresses perhaps, but exposing others to more second-hand smoke
Source: James Brooke, The New York Times.
** $ 18.0
*** $22 billion earning from tobacco tax each year
**** about $ 2.7 a pack
***** over 800,000 cigarette vending machines
The numbers of new data are based on the current study and exchange rates
in December 2009.
Revised by Junhaku Miyamoto,MD., in December 2009.
Full story by James Brooke Tokyo, The New York Times. November 28, 2002.
A campaigning parade to stop smoking in a street. Photographed in front of the Shinjuku Station, Tokyo,
the busiest train station in the world, in December 2009.
In the designated smoking space near JR Sinjuku station, an information
board was placed in front of a stand cigarette disposal.
It says that, please cooperate with our separation policy of smokers from
nonsmokers, and asked smokers to practice a good manner in streets.
(L)(M) Many smokers put the light on cigarette at the designated smoking
place in the East Gate of JR Shinjuku Station, Tkoyo.
(R) A signboard to inform that the streets of the total area of Shuinjuku
City (Ward) is smoke-free.
A smoking area in front of Shinjuku JR station was moved towards the one
end of a rail track side in April 2013.
A man standing in uniform is a tobacco inspector.
(L) A campaigning parade to stop smoking in a Shinjuku street.
(M) 'No smoking in Street' signboard is placed in front of the Shinjuku
(R) A designated smoking place in front of the West Gate of JR Shinjuku
Station, asking smokers to practice a good manner.
(L) A smoking area near Ochanomizuin JR station (R) A smoking area near
Shibuya JR station
A smoking area on the central reservation strip at Ikebukuro
A smoking area in front of Ikebukuro JR station was provided at the central
reservation strip in June 2013.
(L) A sign board placed on the pavement of Shinjuku streets, written in
English, Korean, Chinese and Japanese.
(M) A sign board placed on the pavement in front of JR Ikebukuro station,
written in English, Korean, Chinese and Japanese.
(R) A signboard says ' No smoking here, in the park'.
(L) No smoking on a street, but you can freely smoke inside and outside
seats of a cafe shop, Shinjuku district, Tokyo.
(R) A lot of cigarette butts found in the red-light district, a few blocks
from the Shinjuku Station.
In Shinjuku City, no actual penalty is charged to a violator and an inspector
usually do not patrol at this area.
All photographs were taken in December 2009.
Smoking Regulations in Japan is reverse to the world.
A campaign to stop smoking in the street in Shinjuku, Tokyo
Japan Tobacco Inc. is supporting aggressive street smoking bans in Japan,
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This information was provided by the Smokefree Hotel and Travel.
The article was written in November 2008, and last revised in June 2013,
by Junhaku Miyamoto, M.D., PhD.