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The Olympic Games participants should be hospitable with a smokefree
policy in all restaurants and cafes in Tokyo.



It is considered that all host cities of Olympic Games should provide a healthy public environment.
For that reason, a restaurant, cafe and bar are free from the side-smoke released from the tip
of cigarette. A railway train is also expected to be smokefree, without the smoking vehicle or booth.
In 1988, IOC ( International Oympic Comitte ) advised to ban smoking in all Olympic facilities.
Since Japan, one of three candidates for a host city for 2020-summer Olympic Games, has no plan
to prohibit smoking in a restaurant, whereas Turkey and Spain already enforced a smoking ban in their
food-service industries.

A minority group in Japan was afraid to lose a large amount of Olympic bids -related costs,
which is said to be 130 billion yen ( 1.32 billion U.S. dollars ) or more, when an indifferent to
the concerns of the smoking restrictions by Government is made public of the world. However,
surprisingly, the most promising candidate, Madrid defeated in a vote a narrow margin by Istanbul,
probably from an economic anxiety. As a result, Tokyo has emerged as the top candidate.
This can be associated with a strong government groundwork to many nations. A smiling talk
of 'Omotenashi', which means the Japanese hospitality, by Christel Takigawa, and Prime-Minister,
Abe's word, 'It is under control', in an assertive manner, for the worry of contaminated water
from the destroyed Fukushima nuclear plant. The biggest weakness of Japan, e.g., the problems
of no nationwide-smoking ban in a public indoor place, was buried among shades.

Now, Tokyo is a host city for the 2020-summer Olympic Games. However, many visitors
will be disappointed to see most of the restaurants are smoky, and further; we will be flooded with
a grievance. In 1994, a total smoking ban started in California. The clean-air law is enlarged to
the area in states and nations. Since 2007, most industrial nations enforced a carpet smoking
ban in a restaurant and cafe, and stayed there. In North America and Europe, most hotels
reduced the number of smoking guest rooms or abolished completely, providing a smokefree
lodging facility. In Japan, it is not so. Hotels in Tokyo provide numbers of smoking guest
rooms. Some of them exceed 70% of total guest rooms. Most Japanese Inns provide no
no-smoking rooms. You may find an ashtray at each guest room. Smoking restrictions are
not common even at a lobby in a Japanese-style 'ryokan', inn.

Smoking is allowed in a railway vehicle in a certain train in Japan and China. All night-trains
in Japan has a smoking vehicle. The smoking vehicle-ratio to the total vehicles of 'Hokutosei'
and 'Twilight Express' are about 71 %; which means more than 20 % larger than the vehicle,
in which smoking is prohibited. Shinkansen bullet trains operated by JR-Tokai ( JR-Central )
and JR-West provide a smoking vehicle or a vehicle with a smoking booth. On the other hand,
China announced to prohibit smoking in all Chinese high-speed trains running on a railway track,
starting in January 2014. Now, all long-distance trains in Australia and night trains in Finland
have abolished a smoking booth in a vehicle.

With no exception, all airports in Japan have a smoking room for smokers. International Airport,
Narita has 43 smoking rooms, and Haneda Tokyo has 69 smoking-rooms, which is the largest
among the whole countries. There is absolutely no plan to abandon these smoking spaces in
the buildings. In contrast, France, Ireland, UK, Canada, New Zealand and Australia have,
at present, no smoking-rooms in the airport terminal. Beijing International Airport abolished
all 36 smoking rooms in May 2011 in the terminal. However, because of a frequent violation of
non-smoking rule by air passengers, seven months later, it resumed nine smoking-rooms.
In the United States, there are 29 international airport. Of these, five airports, including
Salt Lake City Airport, provide smoking rooms in the terminal.

Most Japanese has an illusion that a smoking-room should be there in all airports. The Japan
Association of Travel Agents, which treat a lot of group tours for Japanese, requested the airport
authority of Taipei International Airport, whether they can provide a separate room for smoking
inside. This is very rude interference with the act in Taiwan, which has a rule to ban smoking
inside of a public place. However, since Japanese tourists are the major part of visitors to Taiwan,
the airport agency provided a new smoking room at the corner of the terminal building for smoking
passengers. The signboard displayed as the 'outdoor smoking room' .

'There is no obligation to implement total smoking-ban recommendation issued from the World Health
Organization' said the officer for tobacco control in the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare
in Japan, Junichiro Mori, in November 2008. He mentioned, since it is difficult to enforce a total smoking
ban in food industries, there is no choice but to proceed with establishment of a separated smoking area
apart from non-smoking section. He supported to the systems that tobacco companies also claim.

In general, Japanese thinks that for protecting the non-smokers from the adverse tobacco-smoke,
a separate smoking section should be different from the space in which non-smokers stay.
The majority of politicians think the same way. In April 2011, Kanagawa's local law that prevents a
second-hand smoking was established. This ordinance legally admit to working in the room filled with
a tobacco-smoke, and abandoned a carpet smoking ban in a public space. Governor Matsuzawa
expressed to give a finance assistance to build a smoking room to promote the separate non-smoking
and smoking systems. This political rule was handed over the central government. The Ministry of Health,
Labour and Welfare announce to give 25% aid for a smoking-room: This was increased to 50% in
April 2013. This policy is completely against to the effort carried out by the government of the advanced
industrial countries, to abolish a smoking space in a public space. It is also against to the international
commitment, which Japan ratified WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control in 2004.

It is well known that it is very difficult to prevent the tobacco-smoke to flow out the smoking room.
When there are people who work in the smoking space, the adverse effect on the human health is
very evident. They are breathing a contaminated toxic carcinogenic air, each day. The main reason
the central or local government is to enforce a carpet smoking ban in a public space is to protect,
for instance, a restaurant waiter and waitress, train conductor and sales woman working in a smoking
train compartment, from the adverse effect of gas released from the tip of cigarette.

At present, Japan is the only country which recommended a public space to be separated into
the smoking and non-smoking area. Spain admitted to a mistake of the anti-smoking law of 2006,
and introduced a tough new carpet smoking ban in January 2011. Netherlands, in which a smoking
room was allowed in a cafe, will enforce a total smoking ban in July 2014. Russia has prohibited smoking
in workplaces and trains. The restricted area will expand to restaurants and bars after June 2014.

It is evident that a tobacco policy in Japan is completely deviated from other countries. We should
follow the international commitment of WHO tobacco treaty. I believe smoke-free restaurants, and
cafes are a precondition for the 2020 Olympic Games. It comes true only after we provided a safe public
indoor space, we can show a warm spirit of Japanese hospitality, 'Omotenashi'.

ミヤモトクリニックフォアウーメン The article was written in October 2013, by Junhaku Miyamoto, M.D., PhD.


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How to protect yourself from toxic tobacco smoke when you use a restaurant in Japan.
At which hotel, would you like to stay in Tokyo?
The ratio of a smoking guest room to the total hotel rooms was calculated,
based on-the-spot investigation: An actual survey in 2013-2014
How do they cope with the smoking problems in hotels of Tokyo?
Smoke-free hotels in Japan
Is it impossible to create a smoke-free society in Tokyo ?
Tokyo International Airport has 69 smoking booths or rooms:
the largest number among airports in the world.
Superexpress train, shinkansen, bound for Kyoto runs, with a smoking car or a vehicle
with the booth for smokers.
All sleeper-trains in Japan are connecting a smoking vehicle.
Department of Health, Labor and Welfare announced to assist an establishment of
indoor smoking room in restaurant and hotels, and will increase the financial support rate
from the present 25% to
50% of the whole construction fee in 2013.
Japan's effort to curb exposure to secondhand smoke is one of the worst in the world.
The worst anti-smoking measures have announced by Japanese Government in 2018.
Olympic healthy sports environment is frustrating.

Japan Tobacco Inc. is trying to brainwashing Japanese people, using TV commercial.
The way to sell a tobacco in Japan:
An automatic vending machine for cigarette sale in Japan is the most in the world.
Smokers, get off sidewalk and go inside.

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This article was written by Junhaku Miyamoto, M.D.,PhD in October 2013.


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