Tuesday, September 20, 2011

When men were men and smoked like chimneys | The Japan Times Online

The question "tabako wo osui ni narimasuka?" (「タバコをお吸いになりますか」"Do you happen to be a smoker?") is something you don't hear all that often. So many public venues in the Tokyo area have banned smoking altogether, or simply operate on the assumption that no one in their right minds will smoke. And now that the new Kōseirōdōdaijin (厚生労働大臣, Minister of Health, Labor and Welfare) Yoko Komiyama mentioned the possibility of sticking a ¥700 price tag on a pack of cigarettes, aienka (愛煙家, heavy smokers) everywhere are, um, fuming.

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