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Tuesday, January 31, 2017, 15:00 - 16:00

Making Tokyo 2020 Smoking Free

Language: The speech and Q&A will be in Japanese with English interpretation

Public policy on tobacco smoking has reemerged as a major point of political contention. The Health Ministry has recently been pushing more aggressively than usual to adopt policies to restrict or even eliminate smoking in public restaurants and other facilities. Sometimes these efforts are portrayed as a necessary element to make Tokyo a more hospitable, international city ahead of the 2020 Olympics.

But Japan has been much slower than most other advanced nations in cracking down on public smoking for a reason: Japan Tobacco (JT) is 30% owned by the government and has been valued by bureaucrats as a rich and important source of revenues. JT, in turn, spends an enormous amount of money on advertising, which compromises most of the nation's major media, making them shy about aggressive reporting on the full scope of the negative effects of smoking.

The national business association of restaurant owners have also lobbied against tobacco control, fearful that they will lose customers if smoking is banned on their premises.

The FCCJ will host three speakers advocating stricter efforts against public smoking. Manabu Sakuta is the Chairman of the Japan Society for Tobacco Control and a medical doctor. Kyoichi Miyazaki is a pharmacist and the board member of the same organization and also the secretary general of Japan Association Against Tobacco. Yumiko Mochizuki, also a medical doctor and the board member, is associate director of the Japan Cancer Society.

Please reserve in advance, 3211-3161 or on the website (still & TV cameras inclusive). Reservations and cancellations are not complete without confirmation.

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Manabu Sakuta                  Kyoichi Miyazaki               Yumiko mochizuki




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