Smoking Restrictions in Japan
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Once considered a smoker's paradise, restriction on tobacco have been getting increasingly harsh in Japan over the last few years. In many Tokyo wards smoking in the street is not allowed and certain smoking areas are set aside for the activity. Most of the transport network is not accommodating to smokers and all JR (Japan Railways) stations went smoke-free nationwide in 2009. Rules against the effects of passive smoking still lag someway behind other developed nations and a recent government proposal to completely ban smoking in bars and restaurants was called "excessive" and "unreasonable" by JT (Japan Tobacco) and appears to have been shelved. Many owners in that field also said that it would be impossible to run their businesses under rules that banned customers from lighting up over a drink or a meal. As Japan readies itself for the 20220 Olympics further restrictions on public smoking are being considered however.