Non Smoking Rules on Railway Platforms in Japan and Shizuoka City

The smoking and non smoking issue on railway platforms and trains in Japan has been a long saga.
Some time agao the local trains on the Tokaidou Line running through Shizuoka have been made completely non-smoking, but the Shinkasen bullet trains on the same line serviced by the JR Tokai Co. still allows at least two smoking carriages in every train whereas many other companies (they are all regional since the were privatized some time ago) have completely banished smoking from their Shinkansen trains!
Smells/stinks like some Tokyo politicians have a hand into that…
Even the platforms for the Shinkasen have “smoking corners”!

The photo above was taken two days ago in Shizuoka City JR Railway Station before boarding a local train down to Kikugawa City!
Less than a minute later I had to give a big mouthful (in Japanese) to an old guy who was smoking in the next queue!
He did carefully extinguish his cigarette on the platform but placed it back in his mouth with a deregatory wave in my direction…

Mind you, for all this sheer stupidity and unconcern of a single individual, over 99% of the Japanese comply to the rules without a grumble…

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6 thoughts on “Non Smoking Rules on Railway Platforms in Japan and Shizuoka City”

  1. I forget sometimes that places still exist which allow smoking in public. I’m so used these days to places like Europe where it’s banned just about everywhere in public places. My ex-girlfriend told me it used to be legal to smoke in offices… is that still the case, do you know?

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    1. More or less, but more and more people go outside to smoke, the main reasons for breaks at work!
      International companies usually ban smoking on premises.
      The trend is fast moving to a general smoking ban though!

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  2. Good for Shizuoka train systems! It won’t take smokers long to get the idea.

    Personally, I support no smoking on the Shinkansen. The poor gals who have to trundle their food carts through them every day…it is a health crime and they should sue (just dreaming here). Smokers do not have the right to harm others with their cancer clouds, and they can simply “suck it up” (to use a colorful American phrase) during the train ride. They know exactly how long it will take, anyway.

    Shizuoka is becoming more and more nonsmoker friendly. It is a great point in their favor for the people living there and the tourists and visitors.

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