Udogawa Smoke & Zvezda Mirrors

– Excuse me. Thank you for telling her off. It made me feel a little better.

– She was making trouble.

You know how they always get mad when you ask them about smoking.

– That’s true…

– We were about to give up… They never listened to us…

– They must have come to this planet from outer space.

– Your efforts may be ineffective right now, but they will serve you if you never relent. Fear can never inspire action ! Both in love and war ! If you aren’t brave enough to yell at them, bash their head in ! If they refuse to listen, throw rocks at them ! If you can’t do any of those things, curse their existence ! One small step can change the world ! But you must be brave !

– Yes, you’re right !

– You’ve given us the courage to act ! We will share this courage with everyone !

– Enough enduring ! It’s time to protest !

– Let them hear…our determination !


Although there are no consistent nationwide smoke-free regulations in Japan, and all moves to introduce such reforms are strongly opposed by the powerful lobby groups, there are a growing number of local ordinances restricting smoking. Smoking is forbidden on the streets of the Chiyoda, Shinagawa, Shinjuku and Nakano wards of Tokyo for reasons of child safety (not health). Smoking is prohibited on public transport and subway platforms, while above ground train station platforms typically have smoking areas. Unlike Tokyo wards’ ability to fine people for smoking on the streets, public transportation companies don’t have the authority to enforce no smoking rules. Due to this inability, there are smokers not respecting no smoking rules, in some cases on a very frequent basis such as at Minami Urawa station in Saitama Prefecture, adjacent to Tokyo. Kanagawa Prefecture has implemented in April 2010 the nation’s first prefecture-wide smoking ban, banning smoking in public facilities, including hospitals, schools and government offices. The ordinance requires large restaurants and hotels to choose whether to become nonsmoking or create separate smoking areas, while mah-jong and pachinko parlours, restaurants with floor space of up to 100 sq. meters and hotels of up to 700 sq. metres are merely required to “make efforts” to reduce second-hand smoke. Another Kanagawa ordinance to restrict smoking at swimming beaches was expected to be implemented in May 2010. Although still relatively few, there are a growing number of private businesses implementing voluntary smoking restrictions bans in restaurants, taxis, buildings and bars.


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