Smoking Ban spread to restaurants
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Smoking Ban spread to restaurants

The Japanese government has taken another step towards reducing the amount of smoking in public areas. In addition to the well thought of and strategically placed smoking area booths or separators, the government is considering a ban on smoking in restaurants, with the exemption of establishments with a floor size of 30m² or less, as these are hardly ever visited by mothers and children.

Although the initial concept was a complete ban in all restaurants, it was revised into an exemption to certain restaurants, as owners worried about losing customers.

The government aims to revise the Health Promotion Law during the current Diet session in an effort to fight passive smoking and in the view of the upcoming 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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