We’ve just finished hosting some Australian family members for two weeks in Tokyo and Minakami, Gunma Prefecture, including two elementary school-aged children.
They were shocked at how many people smoke in restaurants despite the presence of children, wide-eyed and coughing, at adjoining tables. They also struggled with how few people speak English and the lack of English menus.
I reassured them that, hopefully by the 2020 Olympics, things will have improved. I hope I’m right.
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