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Tokyo: eateries finally smoke-free

bentenmusume

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I found a Japanese source:


According to this, the ban does not apply to existing individually-owned establishments less than 100 square meters in seating area and with less than 50 million JPY in operating capital.

These places are allowed to remain smoking-acceptable at the owner's discretion provided signage is prominently displayed.

Maybe the old shitamachi dude wasn't breaking the law after all. In any case, he has my support.
 
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I think the small family run establishments are still free to allow smoking even without an extra smoking box.
 

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According to this, the ban does not apply to existing individually-owned establishments less than 100 square meters in seating area and with less than 50 million JPY in operating capital.

Thanks. I don't read kanji well enough to get anything out of the posted article.

But you have to ask yourself why they included operating capital in that. There is zero relevance so I suspect its just another noose or ploy of some kind. I have no idea what a typical figure for operating capital would be for such establishments. But I do know that land value estimates are crazy high in Tokyo.
 
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