Tokyo Metropolitan Government denies a total smoking ban in restaurants
and public places.
Former Governor Ishihara of Tokyo did not know that Kanagawa Prefecture
had compiled a basic
plan for an ordinance to ban smoking in restaurants and other public places
second-hand smoking. The Governor Ishihara thinks that smoking is the matter
of a hobby and
therefore, Tokyo Metropolitan Government will not consider proposing the
new law to ban
smoking at restaurants and public places.
(April 19, 2008)
A smoking habit is a 'disease', or is a 'traditional culture' ??
Former Governor, Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Inose
The Governor of Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Inose thinks that a cigarette
and alcohol are
the symbol of Japanese tradition. If people go ahead with the idea of Islamic
that is 'Smoking is equal to evil', the Japanese traditional culture will
be vanished. The ideas in
a market society are based on the consumers' standpoint, and any thinking
to deny this rule is
the same to fascism by the name of health. A total smoking ban in the campus
of college and
railway station excluding smokers is doubtful, and it seems to him that
Japanese people are
behaving like a little child.
(November 24, 2009)
Former Governor of Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Ishihara at Lausanne,
A very few Japanese welcomed Tokyo Olympic. We did not disappoint the result.
Tokyo and Japan
spend at least $150 million* for this crazy invitation game.
* Japanese Communist Party claims the Governor Ishihara used $ 360 million
wastefully for Olympic
game run, including his private diversion of a municipal public finance.
He should recognize that
Tokyo and Japan would be given the mark as the lowest city and country
in the phase of healthy
smoke-free eating environment.
The Governor of Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Ishihara withheld to announce
about a total smoking ban recommended by the Ministry of Health, Labor
and Welfare, because the
things will be discussed at the division in command. He avoided expressing
his own opinion.
Source: 2010.2.26 Tokyo Metropolitan Television Broadcasting Corp.
Divergence of opinion about smoking, between the New York Mayor, Bloomberg,
Tokyo Governor, Ishihara and Deputy Governor, Inose
Tokyo Metropolitan Government advised to establish a separate smoking
space in restaurants and a public place.
In November 2011, Tokyo Metropolitan Government announced the revision
of the measures to
cope with a side-smoke hazard, in suggesting to divide a public space into
smoking and nonsmoking,
e.g. in a restaurant. The officer in charge said each firm may choose which
systems they adopt,
either a total or a partial smoking ban, based on the situation of that
food shop. Although they
recommend a total ban in a public space, an entrepreneur can set up an
area for smokers in their
shop. A man of Departmentof Health Policy of Tokyo Government suggested
to post a notice of
smoking or no-smoking at the entrance of the restaurant, in order to the
consumer can select the
restaurants or pubs.
Smoking Control in Restaurants at Tokyo for the 2020 Olympic
Tokyo Metropolitan Government is planning to prevent a second-hand smoking
at a food
industries by showing the sticker on the entrance of restaurants, in four
These are: (1) A total smoking ban, (2) Smoking is prohibited during the
certain hours of
the day, (3) A complete separation of smoking and area, in which smoking
and (4) Smoking and non-smoking areas are present in the same indoor space.
The office has distributed four different sticker label, as shown as follows.
and bar can select one of the stickers and may show it of the entrance
to the shop.
Sticker labels recommended by Tokyo Metropolitan Government Bureau of Social
Welfare and Public Health.
A big question is why the health official has been recommended to establish
a separate smoking space in a shop.
Who was a lecturer? Their knowledge is based on an incorrect information
given at their study class? We are utterly
scandalized at obsolete idea of the cigarette smoke control. I am afraid
that nobody knows the WHO's Framework
Convention on Tobacco Control ( FCTC ) , and Japan has signed this treaty
to promote a total smoking ban in a
public space. No industrial advanced country is seeking the goal of the
system, in which we accepted the space for
smokers in an indoor space. To admit the smoking space is against the purpose
of human health. No solution can
be obtained from these unhealthy rooms. All Tokyo Government health officials
have neglected the world treaty of
FCTC. They are discussing the systems that tobacco company desired and
November, 2011 written by Junhaku Miyamoto, M.D., PhD.
This is a sign posted at the cafe's entrance in Tokyo. It says the shop
provides 14 non-smoking
and 46 smoking seats inside. However, they are in the same indoor space.
No wall extended
toward the ceiling to separate the guest seats. This represents the non-smokers and smokers
are staying in the same room, breathing together. There is completely meaningless; although,
all guests using this cafe do not mind it at all.
Two Tokyo Governor candidates had been arguing about smoking restriction
in a public indoor
space. When you listen to them, they are both incorrect.
The former governor of Kanagawa, Matsuzawa insists we have to establish
a separate smoking
system in a public space, in which we provide a smokers' space and non-smokers
A new governor of Tokyo Municipal Office, Innose admitted smoking inside
of the building,
and he is rather reluctant to prohibit smoking in indoor space.
Mr. Inose said that 'All smokers were contributing to a stable tax revenue.
Where you can
find a fault with smokers?' Then, he criticized a hysterical anti-smoking
Around 2000, when he was giving a lecture, he was smoking at a school plateform.
However, when one of a student protested his smoking, he said 'If you have
for smoking act, you may leave a classroom. This class room is in the separate
and non-smoking set up.' No doubt, there is no partition between the lecture's
and students' seat space.
Mr. Matsuzawa, the former Kanagawa's governor, was an official candidate
for Tokyo Metropolitan
governor in 2012, and announced to establish a separate system of smoking
spaces in restaurants and other public places in Tokyo. Mr. Inose criticized
political issues, allowing smoking in the Prefecture building. Mr. Matuzawa
refuted that smoking
was allowed at the Mr. Inse's party. He said that a separate smoking system
had well functioned
at the Kanagawa Prefecture-Assembly.
Naoki Inose, a prize-winning writer turned Tokyo's deputy chief, won
a landslide victory in gubernatorial election in the capital in December
garnering more than four million votes, the largest an individual has ever
a domestic election, exceeding votes for former Tokyo Gov. Ryokichi Minobein
He served five and a half years as Ishihara's right-hand man, and pledged
of Haneda Airport into a full-fledged international facility. He proposed
the Toei subway network and the Tokyo Metro railway systems into one railway
He also follows to carry forward Ishihara's policies, including a bid to
host the 2020 Olympics.
However, how he can succeed to gain the agreement of International Olympic
without enforcing the total smoking ban in food industries.
December 2012, written by Junhaku Miyamoto, M.D., PhD..
Former Tokyo Govvernor Inose announces resignation over money scandal.
Tokyo Gov. Naoki Inose announced his resignation on December 19, over his
50 million yen in cash from hospital operator Tokushukai, which is mired
allegations involving a Diet member.
Source: Tokyo, Kyodo, The Mainichi, December 19, 2013
Former Tokyo Governor Yoichi Masuzoe
Former TV presenter and cabinet minister Yoichi Masuzoe has won the election
for Tokyo governor.
Mr. Masuzoe agrees with government plans to restart Japan's nuclear reactors,
while his two closest
rivals campaigned on an anti-nuclear platform.
He has not done the restriction of smoking in a public space when he was
Minister of Health,
Labour and Welfare of Japan between 2007-2009.
Februaruy 9, 2014
Tokyo Metropolitan Government advised to establish a separate smoking space in restaurants.
Yoichi Masuzoe, the formwe Governor of Tokyo told the interview with the
Asahi-Shimbun, because it is difficult
to enact an ordinance, he has no plan to enforce a smoking ban in a public
indoor space. However,
he emphasised to assist to build up new smoking facilities inside of hospitality
the Olympic host city of Tokyo, to prevent a second-hand smoking, and to
cope with the guests
who visit Tokyo in the 2020 Olympian year.
Source: Asahi Shimbun Digital: December 27, 2014
Tokyo Metropolitan Government (Former Governor Masuzoe ) announced to assist
a new smoking space in a public space.
Slide screen to criticize the 80% assistance for creating a separated smoking
room, which was drafted
by Governor Maszoe and bureaucracy, that had been used in the academic
conference in Matsuyama 2015.
The subsidy rate is 80% of the total construction fee, with the maximum
of 3,000,000 yen. This is for the restaurants
and hotels which accept a foreign tourist, as a countermeasure for the
2020 Tokyo Olympic. This financial aid started
in July 2015. What a foolish policy! It is against to the global treaty and a violation of the Framework Convention on
Tobacco Control, which Japan ratified in 2004.
Junhaku Miyamoto, M.D.,PhD.
How to protect you from the toxic tobacco-smoke when you use a restaurant in Japan.
The former Tokyo Governor Masuzoe' s misuse of political funds cannot be denied.
His political funds' scandal was exposed by the weekly magazine Shukan
Bunshun, which reported recently
that a total of about 370,000 yen paid to a resort hotel in Chiba Prefecture
in January 2013 and January 2014,
was booked as expenses for 'conference fees,' but was actually spent to
cover costs for family vacations.
If the allegation proves true, Masuzoe will come under suspicion of having
made false entries of expenses
in political funds' reports in violation of the Political Funds Control
Source: The Japan News by Yomiuri Shimbun, May 14, 2016
Th former Tokyo Governor Masuzoe admits using political funds for private dining.
Photo source: TV Asahi
Former Tokyo Gov. Yoichi Masuzoe on Friday admitted to using political
funds for private wining and dining,
in another blow to the governor who has been under fire over his use of
official cars for frequent visits
to his resort villa and expenditures for his overseas trips. I deeply apologize
for not being conscientious enough,
Masuzoe, who has been in the post since 2014, told a press conference,
saying he would correct
a political funds' report submitted by a group he headed as expenses not
related to his politic activities
were wrongly booked.
However, the weekly magazine Shukan Bunshun recently reported that no such
meetings were held,
citing a person linked to the hotel, who added Masuzoe visited the hotel
for family trips. He was found
to have spent more than 200 million yen on nine overseas trips since he
became governor in February 2014,
including travel and accommodation fees for officials who accompanied him.
During a seven-day trip
that took him to Paris and London last year, Masuzoe traveled first class
at a cost of around 2.65 million yen
and stayed in hotel rooms that cost about 200,000 yen per night. He has
also faced criticism
for visiting his vacation home in Yugawara, a hot-spring resort area in
nearly every weekend, using metropolitan government vehicles. Masuzoe had
insisted that the trips
were necessary, and he followed the rules regarding the use of public vehicles;
however, he later said that
he would seek to reduce spending on overseas trip and will basically stop
using official cars to visit
his vacation home.
Source: The Mainichi, May 13, 2016
$B!J(BL)$B!K(BNew Governor of Tokyo, Yuriko Koike $B!J(BR$B!K(BKoike shaked hand with Rice
in August 2007.
Candidate Masuda of Liberal-Democratic Party insisted the need of indoor
New Governor Yuroko Koike
She started to work as an Arabic interpreter of the VIP, and in Tokyo,
she played as the first
newscaster of "World Business Satellite" of TV Tokyo. After that,
she entered to politic activities,
and she held a number of ministers in the cabinet. At the election for
the Tokyo governor in
July 2016, she won a landslide victory, (The percentage of votes 44.49%,
with the difference
of more than 100 million votes to the runner-up candidate.)
At the pre-election TV debate, she said that "no Olympic host city exists without the total
smoking ban in restaurants." We expect a big switch of the attitude
of Tokyo Metropolitan
Government concerning the smoking restriction in a public place.
Junhaku Miyamoto, M.D.,PhD. August 2016
$B"*(B Later, we recognized that the commitment of the governor-election by Koike
Governor Koike denies the total smoking ban, and proposed in September and November 2017, the following
restrictions in the Tokyo's ordinance: It allows a designated smoking area
in small restaurant and bar and abroad
trains. In January 2018, she announced to postpone the setting of the metropolitan
anti-smoking ordinance to
maintain consistency with the nation-wide regulation which will be determined
bythe Japanese Government.
The worst anti-smoking measures have announced by Japanese Government in
Olympic healthy sports environment is frustrating.
Smoking Regulation Awareness Survey in Japan
Do you support the indoor total smoking ban?
Smoking should be prohibited in all indoor public space 83.7%
The individual firms select the state of smoking restriction and show the
outcome in the entrance 9.2%
A smoking-space separation in a facility 5.5%
Gender display of voters: Male, 61.8%, Female 36.6%
Source: Asahi Shimbun Awareness Survey on smoking regulation performed
in April 2017.
Smoking Rate Investigation in Japan
Overall smoking rate: 17.9% of the total population in Japan
Gender display: Male, 27.8%, Year-on-year 0.4% decrease
Female 8.7%$B!!(BYear-on-year 0.3% decrease
Source. JT data May 2018
Tokyo metro government enacts watered-down ordinance against passive smoking
The new anti-smoking law shows that the indoor smoking is prohibited, in
principle, at restaurants
and bars that employ workers regardless of the size of seating spaces.
Customers can enjoy a cigarette
in smoking rooms, however, are not allowed to have the meals in such spaces.
June 27, 2018 Mainichi Japan
Financial Support for build up a smoking space inside restaurants, cafes
New Smoking restriction set by Tokyo Metropolitan Government was approved
at the Assembly in June 2018.
It will be enforced in April 2020. It is far from the agreement with IOC,
and determined according to a political
background, considering the tobacco company, JT. The main contents are
the financial support with
from 80% to 90% of the whole construction fee, the upper limit of 4,000,000 yen, of smoking
Source: NHK April 18, 2019
However, the new rule applies that eating and drinking are prohibited in
the smoking space inside,
except in a small food shop which does not have an employee. In contrast
to that the nation-wide rule
allows smoking in a restaurant, cafe and bar, if the size of the shop if
smaller than 100m2.
Junhaku Miyamoto, M.D.,PhD.
$B!!(BIn January 2011, the government of Spain enforced a total smoking ban in
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$B!!(BA total smoking ban in restaurants and bars in Brazil
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$B!!(BSmoke-free restaurants and cafe are a precondition for Olympic Games.
$B!!(BSmoke-free hotels in Japan
Do not repeat to commit a mistake of the anti-smoking ordinance introduced
by the Kanagawa Prefecture.
Tobacco industry promotes to establish a separate smoking room in a restaurant and pub
trying to control the mind of all Japanese people by a repeated TV commercial.
Herald Tribune International
Japan must move faster on anti-smoking laws.
Distinguish between right and wrong about a total smoking ban in public
Tobacco: The most sophisticated and engineered products on the market
Display their ignorance or intended concealment of tobacco-smoke hazard.
TV ad by Japan Tobacco Inc.
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The article was written in April 2008, and last revised in july 2020, by
Junhaku Miyamoto, M.D., PhD.