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It is dismissal if it asks for dividing the workplace into smoking and non-smoking sections!(2001/12/23)
A town with a tobacco festival
(2001/10/10)
The Japanese children to go to school with seeing the advertisement of the cigarette.

Vending machine of cigarette by which even child can freely buy everyone.
(2001/1/15)
Japan covered with signboards of cigarette.
(2001/1/15)
In the aircraft, smoking seat revival.
(2000/12/04)
Asahi National Broadcasting Co.,Ltd. broadcast the program which protected a cigarette stately.(2000/12/02)

A shame translation of World Non-Smoking Day Slogan.
(2000/03/12)
NTV that the variety program which it was amazed at is broadcast.(2000/03/12)
A city recommends a cigarette.

Many Japanese workplaces are hell itself for the non-smoker.
The entire country is like a tobacco company.
Did the Welfare Ministry yield to the pressure of the Tobacco Trade?

This page is intended to provide global readers information on various problems that Japan faces with tobacco.

As Mr. Isayama (an anti-tobacco lawyer) states, there are two types of problems with tobacco.
One is passive smoking against non-smokers.
I'm sure this needs no detail explanation.

The other is against smokers themselves.
Many people say that this is the smoker's own problem, since they're smoking on their own
account.

But this requires deeper consideration.

The following is what is written on Japanese cigarette packs as a warning:
"Smoking too much may affect your health. Try not to smoke too much."

So they might have rather said "A small quantity is safe". It doesn't tell that smoking even a small quantity continuously will increase the risk of health damage.

Many Japanese smokers begin smoking as teenagers.
Television, movies and advertisements all seem to promote the tobacco company's image that
cigarettes are cool, and give the wrong impressions to the young viewers.
It's almost like a cult group brainwashing its followers.
These new smokers then find themselves unable to stop smoking, even if they want to.
And what's worse, some start smoking after being recommended one from smokers around
them in their workplaces or neighborhoods.

It seems that smokers here are not necessarily fully responsible for starting their smoking habit.

Japan Tobacco (JT) and the Ministry of Finance still promote the sales of tobacco products on mediums such as TV and ads, and they have no plans to quit it.
They claim tobacco products to be "an adult hobby", and by distributing "portable ashtrays" that
consequently promotes 'smoking-while-walking', they are tactically boosting sales.
And to make things worse, they have set 500,000 cigarette vending machines throughout the
country, allowing even teenagers to purchase a cigarette as if buying a soft drink.

Smoke prevalence in Japan has its roots in JT and the country - namely the Welfare Ministry and the Ministry of Finance.

It is dismissal if it asks for dividing the workplace into smoking and non-smoking sections!

The company dismissed if advantage smoke is required of its boss of the workplace is in Japan.
That company is the incorporated company S??B? doing toy development, manufacture.
The woman Mrs.Nozomi Honma who lived in Tokyo became Chemistry substance hypersensitivity for passive smoking in the workplace.
It should stop smoking, and she requested the inside of the workplace of its boss of the office to set up a smoking place separately.
But, that request was never satisfied. After that, it suffered annoyance from another employee who smoked, and a company ordered leave of absence from the company after that toward her supposing that it couldn't stand business.
Although she required the return to an office, and the improvement of place-of-work environment of the company repeatedly, dismissal was announced by the company in November, 2001.
She sued the company, asked that dismissal was invalid for reparations, such as medical treatment expense, and caused the trial to the Tokyo District Court on December 6.

The site of a report of a trial (Japanese)

The site of a report of a trial(English by automatic translation)


A town with a tobacco festival

The city which is holding the festival called 'tobacco festival' every year is located in Japan. It is Hadano-shi, Kanagawa.
This festival was the 54th time at this year.
This town is the town which prospered by production of a tobacco leaf once, and production of a tobacco leaf is not performed now.
In order to celebrate a tobacco festival, a schoolchild's drum and fife corps and a junior high school student's brass band march all over a town.
The contest of the exhibition of the tobacco is held, too.
Before, a "Miss tobacco festival" contest was held.
Only an adult has not participated in a tobacco festival. Children, such as a schoolchild and a junior high school student, have also participated mostly.
A child has and does the parade of the placard written to be a 'tobacco festival.'
The name of "the tobacco festival" isn't suitable for the festival of the town any more though the production of the tobacco leaf has already been finished 20 years ago as well, too, and it knows that a cigarette is many death causes.
Won't I have to change "Hadano festival" and a name soon?
It is apprehensive for the children in this by having familiarity to the word of "the tobacco".


The crossing curtain of "the 54th Hadano Tobacco Festival" put up in front of Hadano station.
Photograph offer Mr.goma-Q.

Reference site. Kenen Mouja (Japanese)
Kenen Mouja  (English by the automatic translation.)


The Japanese children to go to school with seeing the advertisement of the cigarette.

This photograph is an appearance in a general car of the train for the commuting going to school of Japan. 
To tell the truth, there is a poster of the cigarette in the part which does not reflect either in this photograph. 
Children in Japan are looking at the advertisement poster of the cigarette every day and naturally. 
However, the poster which tells the poster of an anti-cigarette and the harm of the cigarette does not exist in Japan either. 

Vending machine of cigarette by which even child can freely buy everyone.

This photograph is a scenery which Japan can see anywhere. 
There must be a vending machine of the cigarette in front of the cigarette shop in Japan. 
The shop has not opened the store in this photograph yet. 
Everyone can readily buy the cigarette in the vending machine in Japan. Children also are buying it. 
About as many as 630,000 vending machines of such a cigarette are set up in Japan. And, the number has increased now. 

Japan covered with signboards of cigarette.

Random and standing out are signboards of the cigarette when running in Tokyo by car.
 Marlboro man is also still in good health in Japan. 
Do you see the signboard and the warning display of the caster on leftmost?
It is the advertisement of the American cigarette enterprise that is especially outstanding in the cigarette advertisement. Is it the advertisement of the American cigarette enterprise that it is that let's sell it in Japan so long as it was regulated in the United States?


 

In the aircraft, smoking seat revival.

A smoking seat was set up in Hokkaido international aviation (AIR DO) from December 1, 2000.
No smoking of the aircraft is the common sense of the world.
The smoking seat set up is 70 seat which hits the whole 1/4.
Management condition becomes worse due to the passenger decrease. It is said that I want to increase new passengers by the introduction of the smoking seat.
I am worried about thinking that the person whose a child and respiratory organs are weak may sometimes have to use a smoking seat.

Asahi National Broadcasting Co.,Ltd. broadcast the program which protected a cigarette stately.

This program is the variety program of "Am I so wrong?".
A title at that time was "Is a cigarette so bad?".
Most of the speech of the person who opposes to the cigarette were interrupted halfway.
Moreover, 70% of the speech are cut, and it is said that 70% of the speech weren't broadcast.
A certain performer who protected a cigarette repeated a violent language with "That a cigarette isn't smoked isn't good for the health.", that "a cigarette isn't smoked and that it dies early", and so on. It is shameful when it thinks that this is a Japanese television broadcast.
That broadcasting was televised from 7 p.m. when many Japanese children were watching television.
The representative of the cigarette sales association and the representative of the newspaper company related to the cigarette sales appeared on the guest, and a non-smoking campaign was criticized.


A shameful translation of the World Non-smoking Day Slogan.

WHO's slogan was "Don't be duped - tobacco kills".
Japan 'translated' this as: "One cigarette shortens everyone's life".
The words "kills" and "Don't be duped" were skillfully removed.
Was the Japanese slogan written with the tobacco industry in consideration?

 

NTV that the variety program which it was amazed at is broadcast.

This show featured a tobacco tasting competition.
20 different cigarette brands were prepared, and participants smoked each one to distinguish each brand.
Whoever correctly distinguished all 20 received 200,000 yen.
The performers were all TV personalities who are popular among young viewers.
The brand that was distinguished last at the end of the show was the same brand that shot a
large-scale advertising campaign the following day.
This was possibly planned in advance.
The manufacturer of this brand was Philip Morris.
American tobacco companies are undergoing an unwelcome advertising battle in Japan these
days.
The ultimate victims of all this who will pay the greatest price are the Japanese teenagers.

A city recommends a cigarette.

I saw some signs posted at a municipal office park.

One read "Cigarette Tax Goal : 800,000,000 yen".
(About 7420000US$)

I went to the Iruma Library the other day to check out budget documents.
Below is a reference of this city's cigarette tax.
(From FY1998 budget manual)
Total Cigarette Tax (City): 637,854,000 yen

Classification. The amount of taxation standard. Tax rate. The amount of income expectation.
Tobacco products excluding
Rank 3 paper cigarettes. 

261,099,355

2,434/1,000

635, 515000 yen.
Rank 3 paper cigarettes.

2,025,453

1,155/1,000

2, 339000 yen.

Note: The budget for FY1997 was 594,000,000 yen.

 The Iruma-City tobacco carried here -- tax items -- I was allowed to delete the item related from all the fields having been smeared away white as of April, 2004 about the photograph and report of a signboard about the amount of the mark


Many Japanese workplaces are hell itself for the non-smoker.

Only 50 percent of companies in Japan have some kind of smoking regulations.
Yet even these regulations hardly have any effect in companies with many smokers.
Non-smokers suffer in this kind of workplace.
Some would request smoking codes to their bosses, only to be retaliated with an unfavorable
treatment thereafter.
Some will be suggested to go to a different company if it's too uncomfortable.

Female employees are usually given the task of cleaning up smoker's ashtrays, even if she is not a smoker herself.

There was a case where a non-smoker had to quit a company because of passive smoking.
In a lawsuit in Okayama Prefecture where a non-smoker requested a smoking code in her office,
Supreme Court dismissed the appeal as being 'a perseverance matter'.
No regulations are imposed even with a pregnant woman on the workforce.
This is the Japanese corporate reality.


The entire country is like a tobacco company.

The Minister of Finance owns 66 percent share of Japan Tobacco.
This is written in the 'Tobacco Business Law'.
This means that the tobacco industry is protected under this law.
About 60 percent of the price of a cigarette is tax. Half of that goes to the local government.
This is what makes the local governments so positive about tobacco sales - it's like a stable
percentage-pay for them.

The following is the first article of the 'Tobacco Business Law'.

This law, upon abolition of the tobacco monopoly and taking into consideration the role tobacco-related tax plays in financial income, intends to control (1) production and purchase of domestic tobacco leafs required in manufacturing tobacco products, and (2) production and sales of tobacco products. This law thereby allows for the rightful growth of our nation's tobacco industry, and by thus intends to maintain a stable financial income and allow for the rightful growth of the public economy.

This law requires every cigarette pack to print the following 'warning':

 

Try not to smoke too much, as it may affect your health.


Did the Welfare Ministry yield to the pressure of the Tobacco Trade?

A proposition dealing with Japan's health programs for the 21st Century was under consideration in the Welfare Ministry late last year. It was called 'Health Japan 21'.
This prop included tobacco issues as well.
It declared to cut the national smoking rate by half by the year 2010.
As of 1995, 95,000 people died of tobacco-related diseases, and pulmonary cancer was the
leading cause of all deaths last year.
This was the first time that the Welfare Ministry set concrete numbers in tobacco regulation.
But the tobacco industry and tobacco lobbyists opposed the plan.
The Ministry decided to clear the numbers. They yielded to the tobacco industry.
What remains of this prop is the danger that it will turn out to be another meaningless policy.
We can only hope it won't turn out to be like the AIDS lawsuit.

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