Working in Japan

Smoking and Vaping to be Banned at Tokyo Olympics Venues


Smoking indoors and in public spaces has recently become more of an issue in Japan because of concerns like passive smoking.

Leading up to the 2020 Olympics the Tokyo Metropolitan Government has taken steps to make sure that tourists visiting Japan for the Olympics will leave with a positive view of Tokyo. This is why at all Olympic venues in Tokyo smoking (and vaping too) will be prohibited.

“Countering passive smoking has long been a concern,” said Keiko Nakayama from the Tokyo city government’s health office. Currently smoking in certain cafes, izakaya and restaurants is permitted, but from last year rules were enacted to prevent smoking in many public places.

Some have been critical of how steps to reduce smoking in public haven’t gone far enough to address the problem of second-hand smoke, and that foreigners travelling next year for the Olympics may complain about how much they breathe in just going around the city.

no smoking tokyo

Absolutely no “Smorking”!

You may have noticed how many smoking areas have cropped up around the city, especially in touristy areas like Shibuya and Shinjuku, where smoking while walking on the street is now banned in many places, not just in Tokyo. Let’s hope that we can look forward to a day when we can go to an izakaya in Tokyo without coming home smelling like smoke!

What do you think? Should smoking be banned in all public places in Tokyo? Tell us in the comments below.


Peter Lackner is the Managing Partner at and has had management-level positions at major job boards in Japan including:, GaijinPot, CareerEngine (formerly eCentral) and currently the managing partner at

Running a job board gives Peter the opportunity to speak with employers and job seekers every day and find out why some are successful and others are not. Speaking to both employers and job seekers has given Peter the ability to be able to see both sides of the hiring process. This is why JobsinJapan exists - to help job seekers find the jobs they want and employers to find the candidates they need. 

Peter is active in the ETJ (English Teachers in Japan organization), a member of JALT’s School Owners SIG and currently on the Board of Directors of the Tokyo Association of International Preschools.

You can often find Peter speaking to groups on how to get a new or better job, and to employers on how to avoid making a bad hire.

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