Washington



State of Washington


Seattle, Washington, photographed in June 2012

Washington was named after George Washington, the first President of the United States, and is the only
U.S. state named after a president. 'Washington' is often called as 'State of Washington' to distinguish it
from the District of Columbia, which is usually referring to the nation's capital as 'Washington D.C.' or
simply 'D.C'.

Washington is a state on the North Pacific Ocean, in the northwest region of United States. The population
of the state is estimated about 6,550,000 in 2008. Nearly sixty percent of Washington's residents live in the
Seattle metropolitan area, the center of transportation, business and industry. The remainder of the state
consists of deep rain forests in the west, mountain ranges in the center, and semi-deserts in the eastern
areas.




The 2007 total gross state product for Washington was $311.5 billion, placing it 14th in the nation. The
per capita personal income in 2007 was $41,203, 10th in the nation. International business firms are in
the state include the design and manufacture of jet aircraft, Boeing, computer software development,
Microsoft, Amazon, Nintendo- America. The headquarter of Starbucks is located in Seattle. A hydro-
electric power generation is at the top in United States, followed by Oregon, California, and New York
states. Trading ship traffics with the Asian countries are very frequent through the ports of the Puget Sound.
Source: Wikipedia and EIA.


(L) The entrance sign board of Microsoft (M) Headquarter of Starbucks in Seattle
(R) The Dalles Dam on the Columbia River

Mount Rainier over Tacoma, Washington

Source: University of Texas Libraries


Washington's smoking ban in bars extended to private clubs.

In December, 2005, Washington became the 5th state to implement a comprehensive statewide law
prohibiting smoking in all indoor public places and workplaces including restaurants, taverns, bowling
alleys, skating rinks, and non-tribal casinos. All residents who live in Washington have the right to
breathe clean air. The comprehensive smoking law protects families, children, workers, and the elderly
from secondhand smoke.



(L) A waterfall in the Mt.Rainier, Mount Rainier National Park
(R) A snow-covered road leads to the Ice cave in Paradise Glacier in the Mount Rainier National Park.
These pictures were photographed by Dr.Junhaku Miyamoto in July
1962.

(L) Ice cave in Paradise at Mount Rainier National Park (R) Mt.Rainier in the Mount Rainier National Park
These photograph were taken by Dr.Junhaku Miyamoto in July
1962.


Smoking prohibited in public places or places of employment.

No smoking is allowed in the following places:
・・ Schools, elevators, public transports, museums, concert halls, theaters, auditoriums, exhibition halls,
indoor sports arenas, hospitals, nursing homes, health care facilities or clinics, enclosed shopping centers,
retail stores, retail service establishments, financial institutions, educational facilities, ticket areas, state
legislative chambers, restrooms, libraries, restaurants, waiting areas, lobbies, bars, taverns, bowling alleys,
skating rinks, casinos, reception areas, and no less than 75 percent of the sleeping quarters within a hotel
or motel that are rented to guests.
Smoking is prohibited within a presumptively reasonable minimum distance of 25 feet (7.6m) from entrances,
exits, windows that open, and ventilation intakes that serve an enclosed area where smoking is prohibited,
in order to ensure that tobacco-smoke does not enter the area through entrances, exits, open windows, or
other means.
Source: Washington State Legislature 2005

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ワシントン州はカリフォルニア州などと共にリベラルな気風で知られている。最大の都市はシアトルで人口は
600万人を超える。太平洋岸に近い地域に温帯雨林で覆われたオリンピック国立公園がある。山岳地帯にそびえ
立つマウント・レイニア国立公園は山頂をや氷河で覆われ、その美しさに圧倒される。ボーイング社工場、
マイクロソフト本社などがあり、スターバックス発祥の地としても知られている。

筆者は1962年7月、シアトル世界博覧会を訪れている。当時としては画期的な、世界最先端を行くFAXの
デモンストレーションに立ち会わせれ、皆の前で日本語の文字やスケッチを相手に送って満場の人の
拍手を浴び、穴に入りたいような恥ずかしい想いをした記憶が残っている。その後、車で南下し、オレゴン州、
カリフォルニア州、ネバタ州、ユタ州、コロラド州、ワイオミング州などを経て、9月に再びシアトル市に
戻っている。


2005年10月に米国東北部、ワシントン州では新しい州法を立ち上げ、全米5番目の強制的喫煙規制の自治州と
なった。この法律により公共施設での喫煙行為は非合法となった。宿泊設備の喫煙室は全客室の25%以内と
制限した。喫煙禁止空間へのタバコ副流煙の流入を回避するために出入口、窓、空気取入口から最低 7.6
メートルの空間で喫煙行為を禁止した。法令違反に対しては喫煙者は100ドルから250ドル、再犯者には
500ドルから2500ドルの罰金が科せられる
(2008年9月現在、1ドル107円)。


 Seattle

ワシントン州
2008年9月執筆 2009年11月英文加筆 
執筆 医学博士 宮本順伯
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The article was written in September 2008, by Junhaku Miyamoto, M.D., PhD.




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