Japan should ban smoking in all public places if it wants to successfully host the Tokyo Olympic and sponsor tourism, a senior World Health Organization. Japan, has no binding law controlling secondhand smoking and has come under pressure to institute one ahead of the Tokyo Olympic Games.

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The health ministry is preparing regulation to limit secondhand smoking but faces strong opposition from smoking lawmakers and the tobacco industry.  The smoking limitations are far behind global standards and need to be updated because foreign guests imagine a clean environment while in Japan. He said partial anti-smoking measures are unsuccessful and that the ministry ‘s draft, while an improvement, should be strengthened.

“The time is right for Japan to finally catch up now with the Olympic 2020 just around the corner,” Bettcher said at a news conference. He said it was a “golden opportunity for Japan to better protect its people from the deadly effects of exposure to secondhand smoke.”

The ministry letter, issued in early March, delivers for a ban on indoor smoking in government and sports services, but they allow partial bans with the use of smoking rooms in offices, theaters, restaurants, and bars. The ministry of health allowed smoking would be in small bars and cafes, following complaints by opponents who cited fears of losing customers.

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The Finance Minister Taro Aso said a pervious parliamentary session that tobacco sales provide more than 2 trillion yen ($19 billion) in tax revenues yearly and a loss of that income would have a major influence on government finances. Japanese Olympics organizers say smoking will be prohibited in indoor facilities at the Tokyo Olympic Games.

In Japan surveys on the impact of a smoking ban have had mixed results one forecasts a billion-dollar sales decline in restaurants and bars, while more people will choose to dine out if restaurants are smoke-free. In Japan, about 15,000 people mainly women and children die every year from secondhand smoke, according to the government who estimates.

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