Naoko Takahashi, marathon gold medalist at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, right, receives a letter of appointment as an ambassador to promote an ordinance to prevent passive smoking from Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike on Dec. 27, 2018. The capital's ordinance partially came into force on Jan. 1, 2019, requesting that smokers should pay attention to prevent those around them from being exposed to secondhand smoke. Under the decree, parents and guardians are also urged to try to keep children away from the harmful influence of passive smoking. By around September this year, smoking will be prohibited on the premises of schools, hospitals and other public facilities. On April 1, 2020, all stipulations of the ordinance are scheduled to become effective and smoking at restaurants in Tokyo that hire employees will be basically banned.
(Japanese original by Akiyo Ichikawa, City News Department)