Smoking Regulations in Japan is reverse to the world.
In Canada in the United States, a big question is raised about the smoking
regulations in Japan. In Japanese
restaurants and bars, in many cases, smoking is allowed; however, smoking
is prohibited outside on the street.
Most Americans absolutely cannot understand why it is so?
In Canadinan's blog have said that it does not seem restaurants to be considered
a public place. In advanced
countries in Europe, America and Oceania, the government first prohibited
smoking in indoor spaces.
However, Japan first banned smoking in outdoors. One of the speculations
pointed out that public place such as
roads is easy to crack down. Others think the pressure from the tobacco
industry is great. Others might deem
that an eatery facility is private, that is determined the rules on their
The main reason to prohibit smoking on a sidewalk can be to prevent a damage
to children's eye and
to pedestrians' clothes. After all, the rule of smoking restriction is
not for passive smoking, but a direct danger
at outside street.
(L) A campaign to promote that smoking is prohibited at street.
(R) No-smoking labels are placed on a wall, and road pavement.
(L) This cafe provides smoking sheets only.
(R) A cafe inside of Shinjuku Station, Tokyo allows smoking inside. This
is quite common in Japan,
because the Government does not prohibit smoking in a public place anywhere.
Street Smoking Ban is strict and Indoor Total Smoking Ban is poor.
The Tobacco Company: Japan Tobacco Inc. is trying to brainwash Japanese
Tobacco TV advertising by JT
The specific policies to hide cigarettes from people, including children,
in order not to be stained by tobacco-evil
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The article was written in Dcember 2015, and revised in September 2016,
by Junhaku Miyamoto, M.D., PhD.