But not clean air. LDP’s 33% ownership in Japan Tobacco saw to that.
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dew gunToday 06:05 am JST
Only 2% or restaurants in Tokyo are non-smoking
Really are you kidding us ? Have you ever been in Tokyo ? I think no. Typical non smoker hysteria, printing a situation tha doesn' t exist.
Yes 20 years in Tokyo now, permanent resident. If you read my post you’ll see that I didn’t make the numbers up. I cited the figures. Please go to Tabelog yourself and verify before offering baseless “typical non smoker hysteria” comments. Please post with facts and citation yourself if you have anything other than a defensive comment by smoker afraid his nicotine habit may be curtailed. In actual fact you would still be able to smoke just as many cancer sticks a day at home but just not affect orher people’s health if a smoking ban were put in place. So perhaps you are the hysterical one?
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dcog9065Feb. 23 09:09 am JST
If the restaurants are clearly labeled as smoking establishments, then I don’t see the problem here. If you don’t like it, go to another restaurant, no one is forcing you to be with smokers.
Finding a non-smoking restaurant is not an option. Only 2% or restaurants in Tokyo are non-smoking. 15% of restaurants in Japan overall if you go by the numbers in Tabelog.com, Japan’s largest restaurant database. 864,689 restaurants are registered throughout Japan and 137,048 are non-smoking. Of 133,288 restaurants in Tokyo only 27,324 are non-smoking. Many restaurants that list themselves as non-smoking allow smoking in areas and the smoke permeates the entire restaurant. Why are smokers vilified? Because you cause passive smoking and lung disease and 15,000 deaths a year. The real criminals are the LDP however with 33.35% (Japan Tobacco Wikipedia page) ownership in Japan Tobacco they are not going to do away with their billions in earnings.
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dcog9065Today 09:09 am JST
If the restaurants are clearly labeled as smoking establishments, then I don’t see the problem here. If you don’t like it, go to another restaurant, no one is forcing you to be with smokers
As has been written in many news reports today again on this issue in Japan, people don’t always have a choice when accompanying others, especially on work related dinners. As the ban basically allows smoking at almost every restaurant in Japan as so few are over 100sqm there are very few non-smoking restaurants.
i agree that visitors from countries where smoking in restaurants is banned (almost every other civilized country) will find it unacceptable to eat in a smoke filled establishment.
if anyone wants to start a crowd funded YouTube video warning non smokers that they will find it difficult to find a non smoking restaurant when they come for the Olympics I will be the first to donate. Please post your crowd find link here.
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As an occasional smoker I have to select my places to eat and sometimes that's difficult in Tokyo with so many restaurants turning to snobbery
It is never difficult to smoke in a restaurant in Japan. Smoking is allowed in almost all restaurants. Go to Tabelog.com and input non-smoking in the filter and you will see how few non-smoking restaurants there are. Many restaurants list themselves as non-smoking when they have non-smoking tables next to smoking ones. The toxins are still in the air and carry on clothing. http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/02/24/1077497549008.html?from=storyrhs
Smokers are the cause of this, not non-smokers. Non-smokers "whining" is justified.
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if you lot don't like smoking there are hundreds of non-smoking restaurants in Tokyo
Just a user you are missing the point. You're saying something like if you don't want to be murdered don't walk down the street. You're asking the victims to accept responsibility and change behavior instead of the perpetrator. Fortunately we don't live in that kind of world. As you no-doubt know you can smoke in almost every restaurant in Japan. Finding a non-smoking one is like finding a needle in a haystack. Tebelog.com, Japan's largest online restaurant registry has 89508 restaurants listed. 21693 are listed as non-smoking. Most of the restaurants listed as non-smoking are in fact smoking. I know this because I called over 15 in my area to confirm that they are completely non-smoking. NONE of them were actually non-smoking which I brought to the attention of Tebelog.com who contacted the restaurants and had them change their listings. Please look at the negative ratings on your posts and you'll see that most people vehemently disagree with your comments.
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