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Japan only allows smoking in the train.
Three major Japanese railway companies think that the smoking car and/or smoking booth
in a train are the superb service for train passengers.



(L) Shinkansen N700 train is arriving for Tokyo at Hiroshima Station.
(R) Hiroshima Peace Memorial, commonly called the Atomic Bomb Dome or A-Bomb Dome, in Hiroshima
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JR Tokai and JR West
The smoking space in a train is necessary for all smokers, and that is the superb service for a customer?

The N700 is a Japanese shinkansen high-speed train with tilting capacity, which was developed jointly by
the JR Tokai ( Central Japan Railway Company ) and the JR West ( West Japan Railway Company ),
for use on the Tokaido and Sanyo Shinkansen lines.

The N700 trains allow the trains to maintain the speed of 270 kms/h, even on 2,500 m radius curves that
previously had a maximum speed of 255 kms/h. Another feature of N700 is that it accelerates quicker than
other shinkansen trains (acceleration rate of 2.6 kms/h/s). This enables it to reach 270 kms/h in only three minutes.
After these improvements, trains can travel between Tokyo and Osaka in as little as 2 hours and 25 minutes.

 
Shinkansen N700 train is ready to leave to Hakata at Tokyo terminal station.


No-smoking sign was placed near the entrance to trains. However, it is not completely smoke-free.
The super-express of the JR Tokai and JR West still have trains, which provide smoking seats.
This policy is criticized by many citizens in Japan.

The N700 trains are jointly operating by JR-Tokai and JR-West. It says all seats in the super-express train
are non-smoking, and the sign plate is posted at the entrance to train vehicle. All trains other than N700
also connect with a smoking car. We can say the entire trains of JR-Tokai are not completely smoke-free.
The railway companies should know the world trend of that smoking is prohibited in an indoor public place.
Nevertheless, they think that the smoking space in a train is necessary for all smokers, and that is
the superb service for a customer. No such railway company exists throughout the world, as far as the writer knows.
The railway companies completely neglect the toxic adverse effects produced by the material of third-hand
smoke, as identified as the residual contaminant after the cigarette was extinguished. It may cause an
allergic reaction of the people within that environment. At least, it certainly creates the neighbor's profound
displeasure. The Japanese Government is finally responsible for the unfaithful act by the railway company.

Recently, many international airports closed an inside smoking room in the terminal building to avoid smokers
to inhale the second- smoke each other, and to avert the third-hand smoke effects to an air passenger.

In May 2010, Japan Tobacco Inc. started to sell a smokeless tobacco. It consists of a tobacco leaf and a kind
of snuff tobacco and does not release a smoke. However, the major problem of this kind of tobacco is the
adverse effect on the health of people around the user. When smokers respirate, exhale all kinds of the tobacco toxin.
This is entirely same to the situation of cigarette smoking. Therefore, the smokeless tobacco products should
be forbidden in the enclosed public spaces.

The Japanese railway companies, JR-Tokai, JR-West, have no self-consciousness as a public transportation firm,
that should fulfil their important duty to protect a passenger from all kinds of discomfort and danger. I regret
to say, although a total smoking ban is recommended in an indoor space; at present, there is no law to restrict
smoking in a railway train in Japan, and no immediate smoking-ban proposal by the government.

Junhaku Miyamoto, MD, PhD, July 2010


JR shinkansen smoking rooms operated by JR Tokai.


JR Shinkansen N700 is waiting for departure at Tokyo Station.

All seats are no smoking, except for the six separate smoking room in 16 trains.

A smoking booth in the Shinkansen N700

There is a sliding door between the smoking booth and nonsmoking pass way.
Three ashtrays are provided in each smoking booth. A tobacco smoke often flows out into the train space,
at each time a smoker open and closes an automatic sliding door.


I have traveled over many countries using a train, in Canada, US, India, Thailand, Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand
and European countries; however, nowadays, I have never experienced to hear the announcement of to guide
a smoking room or booth in a train. This kind of guidance might be all train passengers to recognize the need of
smoking space in a train, and for smokers, inhibit the feeling not to smoke for a while. As a result, it might work
as promoting a smoking during his train trip until he arrives at the destination.

In 2016, 49 countries, including the above-mentioned countries, allows smoking inside of the train. Japanese
government should restrict such a smoking in a train by law. Otherwise, it will put our people in Japan shamed
at the coming 2020 Olympic game.
Junhaku Miymoto, M.D.,PhD.

 Announcement in a train with smoking booth of JR's Tokaido-Shinkansen super-express

Cars 1, 2 and 3 are for the passengers without seat reservations. Smoking is not allowed on this train except in
the designated smoking rooms located in cars 3, 7 and 15. The smoking room in car No.10 is for the passengers
in the Green Cars. Please refrain from smoking in the train, including areas at either end of the cars.


The Japan Railway Group, more commonly known as JR Group, consists of seven for-profit companies
that took over most of the assets and operations of the government-owned National Railways in 1987.
The JR Group lies at the heart of Japan's railway network, operating a large proportion of intercity rail service,
including the Shinkansen high-speed rail lines, and commuter rail service. The group consists of seven
operating companies, which are organized into six passenger operators and a nationwide freight operator.
Unlike some other groups of companies, the JR Group is made up of independent companies.

The list of former national railway companies in Japan: Hokkaido Railway (JR-Hokkaido),
East Japan Railway (JR-East) , Central Japan Railway (JR-Tokail), West Japan Railway (JR-West),
Shikoku Railway (JR-Shikoku) and Kyushu Railway (JR-Kyushu).

The article was written in February 2008 and revised in July 2010,
by Junhaku Miyamoto, M.D., PhD.


AED (automated external defibrillator) at plateform of Shinkansen Nagoya station is ready to use, which is placed
in next to the smoking room.The above pictures were taken in June 2012.

(L) There is an open-air smoking place in the center of plateform at Nagoya Shinkansen station.
A passenger standing or passing near by, will suffer from the toxic tobacco smoke.
(R) Shinkansen super-express train is now arriving at Nagoya station.
The above pictures were taken in June 2012.

(L) The entrance to the
smoking vehicle ( first class vehicle): This picture was taken in June 2012.
(R)
A smoking scene in a smoking vehicle of a bullet train operated by JR-Tokai and JR-West
was up in YouTube by Anthony Leong.


700-series Shinkansen
composition
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
N/S
N N S N N N N N S N N N S S

N: Smoking is prohibited inside of a train.
S: Smoking is allowed at all seats inside of a train.
JR-Tokai and JR-WEst provide four smoking cars in a composition of 16 cars.
It includes three standard-class and one first-class car.


Three major railway companies have no idea to protect their employees, a train conductor and a saleswoman,
working in the train.
Japanese government does not interfere in the policy of JR-Tokai, JR-West and Kinki Nippon Railway companies.


Note:
The Japan Railway Group, more commonly known as JR Group, consists of seven for-profit companies
that took over most of the assets and operations of the government-owned National Railways in 1987.

Smoking is prohibited in all trains of JR-Hokkaido and JR-East, except for the night trains. A smoking
booth was provided in an express train of JR-Tokai, JR-West and JR-Shikoku. In 2010, JR-Kyushu prohibited smoking
in a train. However, upon completion of a new shinkansen-track line, which connects with Hakata, and
a long-distance running to Shin-Osaka, the station of JR-Tokai, JR-Kyushu railway company will provide
a smoking booth in their jointly operated shinkansen trains. JR Tokai and JR West still have super-express trains,
which provide smoking seats. This policy is criticized by many citizens in Japan.

JR-Shikoku provides a smoking booth in almost all express trains. All express trains privately operated by
Kinki Nippon Railway Co. in Kansai district, which frequently connect Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Nagoya and Ise, has
a smoking vehicle.
After March 2011, JR-Shikoku closed all smoking booths in an express train. There will be no more
unhealthy space in the train vehicles.


New JR-West and JR-East's deluxe cruiser train provide a smoking booth. (2017)
JR Tokai N700




Kintetsu Express


This map shows the railway network of the Kinki Nippon Railway ( Private rail company )

(L) Kintetsu express train (R) Smoking kills:
The ideal train marking for the smoking vehicle of Kinki Nippon Railway
 
A smoking room in the express train of Kintestu Railway 2017


Kinki Nippon Railway Co., Ltd. is a Japanese rail transit corporation commonly known as Kintetsu.
It is the largest non-JR railway in Japan. Its complex network of lines connects Osaka, Kyoto, Nara,
Nagoya, Tsu, and Ise. Kintetsu also operates tourism, real estate, and shipping companies,
and has a major rail car-building operation.

As of 2013, all major express trains are non-smoking. However, there is always a smoking small room
is provided mainly in the corner of one out of three vehicles. A passenger still may use a vehicle
which is for smokers, in which no restriction of cigarette use inside. A train conductor has to check
a ticket in the smoky vehicle, aspirating a toxic side-smoke, which may be a trigger to cause cancer.

It is a suitable idea to put a mark of a death' head and cigarette on the body of Kintetsu-Car, so that
it becomes a good photo-subject for many tourists visiting Kyoto, Nara and Ise-Shima.

Guidance about Smoking vehicles of Kintetsu-Car by the railway company

We provide one or two vehicles at each vehicle organization, in which smoking is allowed.
Please
designate smoking or non-smoking when purchasing a ticket.
Smoking cars are as follows, Express car, car number- 3,7 and 9.
Please understand that the company operates a smoking vehicle as a non-smoking vehicle,

after cleaning and odor-removal work.

近鉄特急喫煙車両案内 Guidance for the smoking carriage of Kintesu Express ( mainly in Japanese )



Smoking ban in a railway system

Smoking is prohibited in all trains of JR-Hokkaido and JR-East.
A smoking booth is provided in an express train of JR-Tokai, JR-West and JR-Shikoku. In 2010, JR-Kyushu prohibits
smoking in a train. However, upon completion of a new Shinkansen-track line, which connects with Hakata, and
a long-distance running to Shin-Osaka, the station of JR-Tokai, JR-Kyushu railway company will provide
a smoking booth in their jointly operated shinkansen trains.

 Japanese sleeper trains connect a smoking vehicle.
 JR-Tokai's smoking policy
All shinkansen train stations between Tokyo and Osaka will have an enclosed smoking room.
 JR shinkansen Tokyo station
    A smoking-restriction policy is different between two JR railway companies.
 Kyushu shinkansen trains provide a smoking room.
 Smoking ban in JR-Hokkaido trains
 Smoking booth of JR Shikoku's express train was closed in March 2011.

All non-smoking Tokyo-Aomori bullet train 'Hayabusa' debuted in March 2011.
Maximum speed is 320 kms/H, the same level of France's TGV, the world fastest train.

All non-smoking Tokyo-Akita bullet train 'Super-Komachi' debuted in March 2013.


Other countries that prohibited smoking and removed a smoking booth from all trains.

canada United States australia Long-distance trains of the Canadian (the distance traveled: 4,466 km) and the Southwest Chief
(the distance traveled: 3,645 km) prohibit smoking inside of trains. The Indian Pacific (the distance traveled: 4,352 km)
n Australia and all Russian trains, including the Trans-Siberian Railway, are smoke-free and no passengers can smoke.

 
China prohibited smoking in all high-speed trains.

During a trip, all the carriages are closed and equipped with smoke-alarms, so smoking is banned, not even
in the connections of cars or toilets. According to the Railway Security Management Regulation, which
newly released by the State Council, smoking is banned on high-speed trains and the non-smoking area of
other trains. Those who violate the regulation will be fined CNY500- 2,000.
The law was enforced in January 2014.
Reference: TravelChinaGuide. com

In advanced industrial counties, Japan is the sole nation in which a smoking car is running.
However,
a few Japanese people have doubted about that it is very unusual thing.



All railway trains should be completely smoke -free.

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アイルランド鉄道旅行 Rail Travel Ireland
ニュージランド鉄道旅行 NZ Rail: Tranz Alpine/Scenic
オーストラリア鉄道旅行 Brief Journey by Australian Rail
米国・東北部鉄道旅行 Amtrak Acela Express: Boston-Newyork
シカゴ鉄道 Chicago CTA Rail
マイアミ鉄道 Miami Metro Rail

ストックホルム・空港鉄道 Stockholm Arlanda Airport and Express
ストックホルム地下鉄 Stockholm County Railways
スエーデンX2000の旅 X2000:Stockholm-Copenhagen Express
コペンハーゲン近郊鉄道・地下鉄 Greater Copenhagen Railways
パリ鉄道ターミナル駅 Paris Rail Terminals
パリ近郊鉄道・地下鉄 Paris Metro-RER-Tram
タイ・バンコク鉄道 Bangkok Mass Transit/Thai Railways
台湾高速鉄道 Taiwan High-Speed Rail
フィンランド鉄道 路面電車 地下鉄 Railways in Helsinki, Finland
インド鉄道 Indian Railways and Dehli Metro

シカゴ鉄道 Portugal Metro, Railways
マイアミ鉄道 Amsterdam Rail
シカゴ鉄道 High-speed train in Spain 2010
マイアミ鉄道 Barcelona Railways
パリ近郊鉄道・地下鉄 Washington DC Metro/Union Station

 Railway Travel in France 2011
 Railway Travel in Germany 2011
 Vancouver Skytrain
パリ近郊鉄道・地下鉄 Edomonton Metro
パリ近郊鉄道・地下鉄 VIA train, Vancouver to Jasper
パリ近郊鉄道・地下鉄 Alaskan Railroad

韓国高速鉄道 Korea Train Express, Airport Express and Metro
米国横断鉄道旅行 Amtrak: Seattle to Glacier National Park
米国横断鉄道旅行 Airport Express and MTR, Hong Kong
サンフランシスコ鉄道 San Francisco: cablecar, tram and Bart
サンフランシスコ鉄道 High-speed train in Germany, Austria and Switzerland 2013

 Moscow Metro
 Saint Petersburg Metro
 Sapsan, high-speed train of Russia
 Allegro, high-speed train between Finland and Russia

 Railways connecting Canberra and Sydney, Australia
 Gold Coast Light-Rail
パリ近郊鉄道・地下鉄 Train in Norway, Trondheim to Oslo

 Narita Airport-City Rail Service
 Japanese high-speed train 'Hayabusa'
 Japanese high-speed train 'Super-Komachi'




Olympic Games and a restriction of smoking in a train by the host countries

1948 XIV London (UK)              
1952 XV Helsinki railways Helsinki(Finland)            Smoking is prohibited in a train.
1956 XVI Australia rail trip Melbourne (Australia)         Smoking is prohibited in a train.
Stockholm railways Stickholm(Sweden)          Smoking is prohibited in a train.
1960 XVII Italia rail trip Roma(Italy)              Smoking is prohibited in a train.
1964 XVIII Japan high speed railways Tokyo(Japan)      Smoking is allowed in a train.
1968 XIX Mexico City(Mexico)          Inadequate information
1972 XX Munich(West Germany)        Smoking is prohibited in a train.
1976 XXI Canada smoking ban Montral(Canada)           Smoking is prohibited in a train.
1980 XXII Moscow(Soviet Union)        Smoking is prohibited in a train.
1984 XXIII United States Los Angeles(United States)      Smoking is prohibited in a train.
1988 XXIV Korea Seoul(Korea)             Smoking is prohibited in a train.
1992 XXV Spain Barcelona(Spain)           Smoking is prohibited in a train.
1994        Norway Lillehammer(Norway)        Smoking is prohibited in a train.
1996 XXVI United States Atlanta(United State)         Smoking is prohibited in a train.
1998        Japan high speed railways Nagano(Japan)             Smoking is allowed in a train.
2000 XXVII australia Sydney(Australia)           Smoking is prohibited in a train.
2002        United States Salt Lake City(United State)      Smoking is prohibited in a train.
2004 XXVIII Greece Athenes(Greece)            Smoking is prohibited in a train.
2006        Italia rail trip Turin(Italy)              Smoking is prohibited in a train.
2008 XXIX China Beijing(China)              Smoking is prohibited in a train. 
2010        Canada smoking ban Vancouver(Canada)          Smoking is prohibited in a train.
2012 XXX London(UK)              Smoking is prohibited in a train.
2014         Sochi(Russia)              Smoking is prohibited in a train.
2016 XXXI Brazil Rio de Janeiro(Brazil)          Smoking is prohibited in a train.
2018        Korea Pyengchang County(Korea)       Smoking is prohibited in a train.
2020 XXXII Japan high speed railways Tokyo(Japan)           Smoking is allowed in a train.
2022        China Beijing(China)             Smoking is prohibited in a train.
2024 XXXII 高速鉄道網建設 Paris(France)            Smoking is prohibited in a train.
2028 XXVIIII United States Los Angeles(USA)            Smoking is prohibited in a train.

This 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 smoking act.




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 2016



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 2016


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.




日本語サイト Information in Japanese
喫煙対策世界最低レベル 厚生労働省は屋内全面禁煙を目指すべきと提言
Health Ministry urges smoking ban for restaurants, other indoor spaces.
技術は最高、頭脳は最低、JR東海、JR西日本は時代錯誤の車内喫煙設備
Anti-smoking measure of the JR-Tokai and JR-West is really putting the clock back!
列車内で喫煙を認めている国は日本のみ
Japan only allows smoking in the train.
塩崎厚労相、WHO アサモア・バー事務局次長と会談 2017年4月
・・分煙では効果ない、五輪契機に公共的閉鎖空間内の完全禁煙を
A partial smoking ban is not effective. It is really desirable to install the law to prohibit smoking in the enclosed public space.
日本の対策前世紀並み分煙は効果なし 朝日新聞報道 2017
WHO: Japan needs anti-smoking law ahead of Tokyo Olumpics


列車内の喫煙室を上質の旅客サービスと考える鉄道会社
「禁煙席ネット」主宰 日本タバコフリー学会顧問 医学博士 宮本順伯
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The article was written in July 2010 and May 2016, by Junhaku Miyamoto, M.D., PhD.
Information was added in January 2017.




Japan only allows smoking in the train.



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