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No Smoking Streets in Shizuoka City (and how about Japan?)!

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The pavements in Shizuoka City are full of signs that can sometimes be an eye sore, but there is at least one I would encourage the city, Prefecture and country to stick everywhere, that is, a NO-SMOKING sign!

The one they use in Shizuoka City represents a kingfisher because it is the emblem bird of Shizuoka City!

The sign says: “Smoking is prohibited on that street”!

Incidentally I did run into some confrontations with some morons who ignored the sign at their own feet…
The worst occasion was with one particularly idotic (man) moron kept puffing in the middle of the small crowd waiting to cross the street. When I complained he just replied (in Japanese) to f…k o.f you b….y foreigner!
But I must say for the Japanese that no one took his defense when I replied (in Japanese) in kind!
Mind you, this is still a very safe and peaceful country so I prefer to forget such incidents, but the no-smoking will stay.

Note: I’m a former smoker and it is probably even harder on my sort! LOL

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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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