• Kyodo News


A total smoking ban took effect Monday on limited and express trains operated by Japan Railway group companies in Honshu, making most JR trains smoke-free nationwide.

With the step by East Japan Railway Co., Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai) and West Japan Railway Co., smoking cars are available only on sleeper trains and Tokaido and Sanyo Shinkansen Line bullet trains and on some trains running in Shikoku.

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