• Kyodo


The health minister on Friday described the elimination of secondhand cigarette smoke as the government’s “mission” and pledged efforts to curb public smoking ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Speaking at a news conference, Health, Labor and Welfare Minister Yasuhisa Shiozaki said other host countries had adopted smoking regulations and penalties in recent years and emphasized that reducing cigarette smoke is “a big trend across the world.”

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