Yamaguchi: Revise law to clap down on public passive smoking

June 6 , 2018

Yamaguchi called on stricter passive smoking regulations on May 5Yamaguchi called on stricter passive smoking regulations on May 5

On June 5, Komeito Chief Representative Natsuo Yamaguchi spoke out against passive smoking toward the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. He said it was vital for Japan to revise its Health Promotion Law in order to measure up to World Health Organization standards on passive smoking countries hosting the Olympiad. He praised the Tokyo metropolitan government for adopting regulations on June 5 that are stricter than that proposed by the national government, describing it as “people-friendly” and a testament to the city’s commitment as the Olympic Games host city.

Among the regulations adopted by Tokyo this month are those targeting eateries, where smoking is only permitted in areas in which food is not served, while banned outright near schools, with violations subjected to a maximum fine of 50,000 yen.