Adapted from a story appearing in the Nikkei.

According to a research team from the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry led by Professor Hiroshi Yamato from the Institute of Industrial Ecological Sciences at the University of Occupational and Environmental Health in Fukuoka Prefecture, in a survey of medium and large hotels in Kyoto, around 22% of rooms are non-smoking, showing that tobacco counter-measures are not progressing.

The 2003 Health Promotion Law prescribes that at hotels, hospitals and other facilities that lots of people use, passive smoking prevention steps are to be taken.

Professor Yamato highlighted that at tourist areas they should catering to the 70% of Japanese who don’t smoke. He also wanted the government to urge stronger measures, and for customers to raise their voices.

The Kyoto Non-Smoking Promotion Reseach Society meets in Kyoto with a public forum on September 3rd.

The figures: A total of 73 hotels with over 100 rooms were surveyed. The totals were around 14000 non-smoking rooms making up 22% of the total, and 510 non-smoking floors for 15% of the total floors.

Note: the status of hotel restaurants and bars was also investigated but the
results of that investigation is still to be tracked down.

Japan is decades behind Europe, let alone the USA, when it comes to non-smoking areas, but I wonder how the figures compare to hotels in the tourist centres in Europe and the USA? That might be an interesting point of comparison.


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