Smoke-free restaurants and cafe are a prerequisite for 2020 Olympic Games.
The Olympic Games are a major international event of summer and winter
in which thousands of athletes compete in a wide variety of events. The
currently held every two years, with Summer and Winter Olympic Games, alternatively.
The 2004 Athens main Olympic stadium.
Smoke-free Tokyo was a prerequisite for Olympic 2016.
Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara had been expressed that the Tokyo Metropolitan-
Government will not consider to propose a new law to ban smoking at restaurants
The IOC will choose the host city for the 2016 Olympics at its general
the city of Copenhagen in October 2009, where, in Denmark, smoking in restaurants
and bar is prohibited by law. It is more likely that, many IOC members
think that the
most restaurants in Tokyo districts unhealthy, since the Government allows
everywhere inside. They may conclude that City of Tokyo is not as the super
for the 2016 summer Olympic site.
April 2009, written by Junhaku Miyamoto,M.D.,Ph.D.
Spain poised for tough no-smoking law.
Government of Spain will prohibit smoking at all enclosed spaces in 2011.
It was a foolish act to divide a public space into a non-smoking and smoking,
incorporated in the law in 2006.
Spain completely switched it to a carpet smoking ban in 2011.
Spain, a country famed for its smoke-filled bars, cafes and restaurants,
is poised to enact a tough
new anti-smoking law, eliminating its status as Western Europe's last country
where lighting up
in indoor public places is allowed.
The bill passed by the parliamentary commission calls for transforming
all bars and restaurants into
no-smoking zones, bringing Spain in line with the European Union's strictest
and many U.S. states that bar smoking in enclosed public places. It's expected
to pass the Senate
and become law on January 2011.
Rio's people celebrate the decision of IOC.
Nearly 50,000 people erupted in celebration when Rio de Janeiro was elected
host of 2016 summer Olympic Games.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) president congratulated Rio on
and praised the high quality of the attempt. He expressed that Rio provides
for the city, region, and country to deliver their broader long-term aspirations
for the future.
The result was the success beyond our imagination; it cannot be otherwise.
very effective action toward a healthy society. Brazil adopted the complete
law, effective from August 2009, with smoking forbidden in all indoor and
spaces such as bars and restaurants and clubs. The IOC decision might be
thing to be expected. We again should recognize that restaurants, bars
and hotels are
completely smoke-free to provide a healthy, comfortable surroundings to
accept a guest
from abroad. That is the minimum standard to select the country we visit.
October 2009, written by Junhaku Miyamoto,M.D.,Ph.D.
A very few Japanese welcomed Tokyo Olympic. We did not disappoint the result.
Japan spend at least $150 million* for this crazy invitation game.* Japanese Communist
Party claims the Governor Ishihara used $ 360 million wastefully for the
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.
December 2009, written by Junhaku Miyamoto,M.D.,Ph.D.
Tokyo cleared the first hurdle for the candidate of 2020 Summer Games.
Tokyo and two other cities cleared the first hurdle in the selection of
candidates to host
the 2020 Summer Olympic Games, reported by a mass media. Tokyo, Madrid
moved to the final phase of the selection process after their bid plans
obtained the nod from
the International Olympic Committee Executive Board. The Tokyo 2020 bid
submitted its application to host the Summer Games in February, part of
a vision to
revitalize Japan' s economy, after the devastation of the 2011 -earthquake
Tokyo estimates a budget of around 7.5 billion yen for the bid. Fifty-one
percent of its
candidature would be financed with revenue secured from the private sector
and the rest
from the Tokyo metropolitan government. Japan has hosted two Winter Olympics,
in 1972, and at Nagano, in 1998.
Public support for Tokyo was the lowest at 65.2 %, while Istanbul gained
s support from
87.1% of people, and Madrid at the level of 75.3 %.
Source: Kyodo and The Mainichi, May 24, 2012
Tokyo is not as the super candidate for the 2020 summer Olympic.
The 2020 Tokyo summer Olympic is the golden opportunity to introduce the
society of Japan. This window display shows a new 100 per cent natural
menthol cigarette product
sold by Japan Tobacco Inc.
This tobacco shop, once provided a free indoor smoking space, has closed
Japan has a serious health problem regarding the safety of restaurants
with some exception
of the food shops which posted a total smoking ban inside. Different from
the most countries
in North America, Europe and Oceania, Japan has no rule for smoking in
Residents in Tokyo, for instance, have to select a restaurant, whether
it is the place
in which smoking is permitted inside, before they select a food menu.
Japanese government has no plan to establish a total smoking ban in a food
Now, almost all school and hospitals are smoke-free. However, there is
no idea to protect
customers and workers from the second-hand smoke in a restaurant. Its proposal
a total smoking ban, but to divide a space into the nonsmoking and smoking.
superexpress to Kyoto and/or western Japan runs with a smoking car or a
a smoking booth. JR-Tokai ( Central Japan Railway ) and JR-West think that
car with smoking facility is a superior service to passengers.
I recommend the IOC members should carefully reassess that the most restaurants
and cafes in Tokyo districts are unhealthy for Game participants. We believe
are critical health and moral problems for Japan as a host country for
the Olympic Games.
At present, and the near future, Japan lacks comprehensive smoke-free environments
to protect not only the athletes but also all the guests who will visit
A total smoking ban should be enforced to restaurants, trains and all public
If not, re-examine whether the City of Tokyo is the super candidate for the 2020
May 2012, written by Junhaku Miyamoto,M.D.,Ph.D.
Both WHO and IOC is teaming up to promote healthy lifestyle choices,
including physical activity, sports for all, and tobacco-free Olympic Games.
In the past decades, tobacco industry tried to link smoking and tobacco
use with healthfulness,
physical fitness, heroism, national pride and sheer entertainment. However,
what Japan Tobacco Inc. is aiming to do is somewhat different. It aims
to provide a smoking
room inside of buildings, e.g., in the hotel accommodation, food industries,
and restaurants. A powerful political influence has been evident in the
central and local
government, establishing a strong legal basis for a separate smoking space
in a public space.
Unless we completely change the policy to allow smoking in a public indoor
and suppress Japan-Tobacco Inc. activity without delay, in turn, we will soon lose the huge
amount of an invitation expense for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
March 2013, written by Junhaku Miyamoto,M.D.,Ph.D.
Tokyo wins bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympics.
Buenos Aires (Kyodo) was chosen to host the 2020 Summer Olympics on September
7, beating Istanbul
and Madrid at the International Committee's general session in Buenos Aires.
The Japanese capital will
be the first Asian city to host the Olympics twice, having also held the
1964 Games. In 1972 and 1998,
Japan has held the Sapporo and Nagano Winter Games. In a secret ballot
by IOC members, Tokyo
beat Istanbul 60-36 in the runoff to decide the host city after Madrid
was eliminated in the first round.
Istanbul defeated Madrid 49-45 in a tie break vote. Tokyo was picked amid
concerns about radiation-
contaminated water from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, crippled
by the March 2011
earthquake-tsunami disaster, about 250 kilometers northeast of the city.
"The government would never
put Tokyo in harm's way, saying; the situation is under control. It is
well within the quality of drinkable
water posed in WHO guidelines, Japanese Prime Minister S. Abe said.
Tokyo has its high-quality infrastructure and transportation networks,
and a government reserve fund of
400 billion yen, Tokyo drove home the message in host city selection that
it is the "safest, reliable" city
to deliver the Games. The 2020 Games will take place from July 24 to Aug.
Reference: The Mainichi, September 8, 2013
Tokyo has to enforce a total smoking ban in a restaurant as a host city
for the 2020 Summer Olympics.
A signboard saying smoking is totally prohibited in the indoor space.
Tokyo was selected as the 2020 summer Olympic site. Many people in Japan
are very pleased with
that 60 IOC members voted Tokyo. However, I still wonder whether Tokyo
is the best place, since
the smoking restriction in Tokyo by an act is ambiguous or almost none,
causing with a lot of problems.
We are worried about that smoking is not always banned in all public indoor
spaces, which may give
an adverse health effect for Game participants. At present, Japan has no
ordinance to enforce a total
smoking ban inside restaurants. Many other public places have a smoking
booth or a room, to
accommodate resident and oversea smokers. Japan ratified the world treaty
of tobacco control, FCTC,
WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, in 2004. Unfortunately, all
Japanese cabinets have
neglected this fact.
In April 2013, Japanese Government has approved a 50% financial assistance
to the firm to create
a smoking room inside of building. This is completely against the policy
of other major countries,
which prohibit smoking in a restaurant and other public spaces. At this
time, nobody can safely use
a restaurant in Tokyo, unless it shows ' entirely no-smoking sign' at the
entrance of eating places.
The smoking-room ratio in the hotel appears to be highest in the worlds,
next probably to Macau.
In most of major Tokyo hotels, we cannot expect to be completely smoke-free.
At this Olympic rally activity, tobacco problems were hided behind contaminated
at the Fukushima. A significant delay in smoking restriction in food industries
and hotels in Tokyo
is the most important matter to be solved. We hope all serious situations
by cigarette adverse influence
to be settled by the year of 2020.
September 8, 2013, written by Junhaku Miyamoto, M.D.,Ph.D.
The Olympic Games participants should be hospitable with a smokefree policy
in all restaurants and
cafes in Tokyo. Japan must move faster on a carpet smoking restriction in a public place.
The smoking space in a train is necessary for all smokers? Is that the
Olympic Games and a restriction of smoking in a train by the host countries
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|| Helsinki$B!J(BFinland$B!K!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!(B Smoking is prohibited in a train.
|| Melbourne $B!J(BAustralia$B!K!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!(BSmoking is prohibited in a train.
Stickholm$B!J(BSweden$B!K!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!(BSmoking is prohibited in a train.
|| Roma$B!J(BItaly$B!K!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!(BSmoking is prohibited in a train.
|| Tokyo$B!J(BJapan$B!K(B$B!!!!!!!!!!(B Smoking is allowed in a train.
|| Mexico City$B!J(BMexico$B!K!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!(B $B!!(BInadequate information
|| Munich$B!J(BWest Germany$B!K!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!(BSmoking is prohibited in a train.
|| Montral$B!J(BCanada$B!K!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!(BSmoking is prohibited in a train.
|| Moscow$B!J(BSoviet Union$B!K!!!!!!!!!!(B $B!!!!(BSmoking is prohibited in a train.
|| Los Angeles$B!J(BUnited States$B!K!!!!!!!!!!!!(BSmoking is prohibited in a train.
|| Seoul$B!J(BKorea$B!K!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!(BSmoking is prohibited in a train.
|| Barcelona$B!J(BSpain$B!K!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!(BSmoking is prohibited in a train.
|| $B!!!!!!!!!!!!(B$B!!(BLillehammer$B!J(BNorway$B!K!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!(BSmoking is prohibited in a train.
|| Atlanta$B!J(BUnited State$B!K!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!(BSmoking is prohibited in a train.
|| $B!!!!!!!!!!!!(B Nagano$B!J(BJapan$B!K(B $B!!!!!!!!!!(B $B!!!!!!!!!!(B Smoking is allowed in a train.
|| Sydney$B!J(BAustralia$B!K!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!(BSmoking is prohibited in a train.
|| $B!!!!!!!!!!!!(B$B!!(BSalt Lake City$B!J(BUnited State$B!K!!!!!!!!!!!!(BSmoking is prohibited in a train.
|| Athenes$B!J(BGreece$B!K!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!(BSmoking is prohibited in a train.
|| $B!!!!!!!!!!!!(B$B!!(BTurin$B!J(BItaly$B!K!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!(BSmoking is prohibited in a train.
|| Beijing$B!J(BChina$B!K!!!!!!!!!!(B $B!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!(BSmoking is prohibited in a train.$B!!(B
|| $B!!!!!!!!!!!!(B$B!!(BVancouver$B!J(BCanada$B!K!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!(BSmoking is prohibited in a train.
|| London$B!J(BUK$B!K!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!(BSmoking is prohibited in a train.
|| $B!!!!!!!!!!!!(B$B!!(BSochi$B!J(BRussia$B!K!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!(B $B!!(B Smoking is prohibited in a train.
|| Rio de Janeiro$B!J(BBrazil$B!K!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!(BSmoking is prohibited in a train.
|| $B!!!!!!!!!!!!(B$B!!(BPyengchang County$B!J(BKorea$B!K!!!!!!!!!!!!(B Smoking is prohibited in a train.
||$B!!(BTokyo$B!J(BJapan$B!K!!!!!!!!!!!!!!(B$B!!!!(B $B!!(BSmoking is allowed in a train.
|| $B!!!!!!!!!!!!(B$B!!(BBeijing$B!J(BChina$B!K!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!(B $B!!(BSmoking is prohibited in a train.
||$B!!(BParis$B!J(BFrance$B!K!!!!!!!!!!!!!!(B $B!!(B $B!!(B Smoking is prohibited in a train.
|| Los Angeles$B!J(BUSA$B!K!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!(B Smoking is prohibited in a train.
$B!z(BThis table shows the smoking ban in a train at the Olympic host countries
in and after July 2014.
China Government charges 2,000 Yuan for a violation of smoking restriction
in a high-speed train.
In UK, a penalty of the maximum 200 pounds is applied for a smoking at
a smoke-free designated vehicle.
Japanese Government admit to installing a smoking booth in a train to support
to a train passenger? A smoking booth or smoking vehicle is provided in
a super-express train
operated by three major Japanese railway companies.
All sleeper-trains in Japan, except for Seven-Stars by JR-Kyushu, are connecting
a smoking vehicle.
JR-West and JR-East's new deluxe sleeper-trains provide smoking vehicles,
that start operation in 2017.
Japan scraps Zaha Hadid plan for Olympic stadium.
The Japanese government has scrapped controversial plans for a dramatic
Zaha Hadid-designed $2.03-Billion stadium
envisioned as the focal point of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, amid concern
about rising costs and a growing public backlash.
$B!H(BWe have decided to go back to the start on the Tokyo Olympics-Paralympics
stadium plan, and start over from zero,
said the prime minister, Shinzo Abe, after a meeting at his office with
Yoshir0 Mori, chairman of the Tokyo 2020
Organizers already decided to scale back the original designs, but they
will now be scrapped altogether.
Source:TheGuardian July 17, 2015
A financial aid to build a smoking space in restaurants and hotels as a
for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic
Tokyo Metropolitan Government announced to assist to build a new smoking
space in a public
space. 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.
August, 2015: Junhaku Miyamoto, M.D.,PhD.
Japan picks new design for Tokyo 2020 Olympic stadium.
Japanese architect Kengo Kuma speaks during a press conference after his
design for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic
stadium was picked, in Tokyo, in December 2015. Japan chose a scaled-down
design for the main stadium,
five months after scrapping the initial design and construction plan for
being too costly. His new design will still
cost 153 billion yen ($1.26 billion) to design, build and maintain.
Source: Washington Post, AP, December 22, 2015
Photo source: AFP
Health ministry urges smoking ban for restaurants, other indoor spaces.
Japan should aim at a 100 percent ban on smoking indoors, instead of setting
up smoking rooms,
the report said. The report cites a World Health Organization estimate
smoking causes around 15,000 deaths annually in Japan, making it one of
the worst for inaction
on passive smoking.
Source: The Japan Times August 31, 2016
$B!!(BHealth Ministry Panel 2016:
Japan's effort to curb exposure to secondhand smoke is one of the worst in the world.
Rio passes Olympic flag to Tokyo.
2016 Olympic Games at Rio de Janeiro Maracana Stadium
It was a wet, windy and wild farewell to the 2016 Olympic Games as Rio
de Janeiro bowed out in a storm of samba and rain inside the Maracana Stadium.
Can she take over the indoor smoking ban that is running in Brazil to the
city of Tokyo?
Governor of Tokyo Yuriko Koike accepted the Olympic flag on behalf of the
Picture source:NHK BS1 August 22,2016
Tokyo Governor Koike has proposed a partial smoking ban, allowing smoking
in a separate smoking room set in a restaurant. (in Japanese)
Minister of Health, Shiozaki refused a demand by LDP members, in 2017,
in which the restriction should be exempted in small food shops. (in Japanese)
A smoke-free Tokyo as an Olympic legacy: The Japan Times
How to protect yourself from toxic tobacco smoke when you use a restaurant
Restaurant industry opposes total smoking ban ahead of 2020 Olympics.
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 - 2015
How do they cope with the smoking problems in hotels of Tokyo?
Tokyo International Airport 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, except Seven-Stars, in Japan are connecting a smoking
The smoking car and/or smoking booth in a train are the superb service
for train passengers?
Japanese Government is to promote a policy of the opposite.
In 2013, Department of Health, Labor and Welfare announced to assist an
indoor smoking room in restaurant and hotels, and will increase the financial
from the present 25% to 50% of the whole construction fee.
Governor Shigefumi Matsuzawa stressed the need to provide a separate smoking room in public places.
Kanagawa Pref. New Anti-smoke Law would have an irrevocable injurious negative
on the future indoor clean-air act in Japan.
Do not repeat to commit a mistake of the anti-smoking ordinance introduced
by the Kanagawa Prefecture.
Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Governor Yoichi Masuzoe advised
to establish a separate smoking space in restaurants and hotels.
The grant-in-aid in 2015 is 80% of the construction fee of smoking facilities.
Japan Tobacco Inc. is trying to brainwashing Japanese people, using TV commercial.
The way to sell a tobacco in Japan, in comparison to other countries
An automatic vending machine for cigarette sale in Japan is the most in
Smokers, get off sidewalk and go inside.
A view of Sochi from the black sea
Sochi is one of the leading Russian cities restricting smoking in public
spaces. In 2010, Sochi Mayor Anatoly Pakhomov
initiated a charter, Sochi Without Tobacco, that has been joined by some
100,000 people, both residents and tourists.
Anti-smoking measures have traditionally been part of the Olympic campaign.
Smoking was banned throughout
the Olympic Games at venues, including bars and restaurants, except for
specially designated areas outside the venues.
$B!!(BA total smoking ban in restaurants and bars in Brazil
$B!!(BA total smoking ban in restaurants and bars in Vancouver and Whistler
$B!!(BA total smoking ban in restaurants and bars in Spain$B!!(B $B!!(BA total smoking ban in restaurants and bars in Turkey
(L) Sagrada Familia at Barcelona, Spain
(R) Girl students at Kusadasi, Turkey
The picture of Barcerona was taken in May 2020, and kusadasi in April 1995,
by Junhaku Miyamoto.
Republic of Korea: Smoking ban extended
$B!!(BWHO: Stop tobacco-industry interference campaign-video (2012)
Smoking Restriction at Hotels in the World: Actual Survey
The ratio of a smoking guest room to the total hotel rooms was calculated,
based on-the-spot investigation.
A current research in 2014- 2017
$B!!(BA total smoking ban in restaurants and bars in Russia
$B!!!!!!(BRussia 2014: On-the-spot actual investigation, including hotels, restaurants
$B!!(BAlaska 2014: On-the-spot actual investigation, including hotels, restaurants and railways.
$B!!(BAustralia 2014: On-the-spot actual investigation, including hotels, restaurants and railways.
$B!!(BNorway 2015: On-the-spot actual investigation, including hotels, restaurants and railways.
$B!!(BNorway 2016: On-the-spot actual investigation of hotels
$B!!(BSmoke-free hotels in Japan
$B!!(BWHO Smoking should be banned in all public spaces.
Inspection by Dr. Judith Mackay, senior policy adviser, WHO
Dr. Judith Macky is a physician qualified by the Roral College of Physician,
born in England (UK) and lives in Hog Kong.
Picture source: NHK TV December 14, 2016
(L) Dr. Judith Macky is taking a picture of bending machine of tobacco,
which is the world's best number.
(R) It is very strange to see a smoking area in a public space. She evaluated
it as advanced initiatives.
An evaluation had changed soon after she inspected a restaurant.
This shop adopted the air-curtain system to prevent leaking a side-smoke
to a non-smoking area, using a wind to blow down.
Dr. Judith Macky criticized strictly, saying we cannot prevent the side-smoke
spreads to another area in the indoor space.
When we deter from diffusion of a harmful tobacco-smoke, it is necessary
to produce the energy
equivalent to a tornado. It is impossible to settle the complete separate-anti-smoke
system in a restaurant.
Dr. Judith Mackay said the tobacco policy in Japan is the worst in the world.
It is very important to establish the smoking restriction by law until
2020, when Tokyo Olympic will take place.
Smoking Regulation Awareness Survey in Japan
Do you support the indoor total smoking ban?
The total number of votes = 210,253
1. = Voters support total indoor smoking ban in a public space. 123,431
( 58.7% )
2. = A smoking room should be provided inside. 72,230 ( 34.4% )
3. = No smoking-restriction is desired. 13,819 ( 6.6% )
Gender display of voters: Male, 79.7%, Female 20.3%
Source: Yahoo! Awareness Survey on smoking regulation performed in August
The total number of votes = 123,907
1. = Voters support to strength a smoking ban. 88,785 ( 71.7% )
2. = Against to smoking more restruction 30,633 ( 24.7% )
3. = Abstention 4,489 ( 3.6% )
Gender display of voters: Male, 81,0%, Female 19.0%
Source: Yahoo! Awareness Survey on smoking regulation performed in December
Smoking Regulation Awareness Survey in Japan, by Asahi Shimbun in 2017:
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: 19.3% of the total population in Japan
Gender display: Male, 29.7%, Year-on-year 1.3% decrease
Female 9.7%$B!!(BYear-on-year 0.1% increase
Source. JT data July 2016
This article was written by Junhaku Miyamoto, M.D.,PhD in April 2008, and
finally revised in June 2017.