Osaka plans public smoking fines


The Osaka Municipal Assembly will propose an ordinance at its Feb. 16 session that will ban smoking on the street and slap violators with a 1,000 yen fine, the city said Thursday.

Similar ordinances have taken effect in many areas of Tokyo and in other densely populated places.

The city plans to designate no-smoking zones in July and will begin fining violators from October. Candidates for the zones include Midosuji, the city’s main street. The ordinance will be enforced through routine patrols by commissioned private individuals.

The proposed ordinance calls for setting up a mayoral advisory panel of experts to make recommendations, including which places to designate as no-smoking zones.