I visited Japan in September this year, expecting to be overcome by tobacco fumes everywhere I went, and was pleasantly surprised. I was also surprised to be told that Japan Airlines' domestic flights are now all nonsmoking, which I found to be true on a flight I made from Tokyo to Fukuoka. I also noted that hardly anyone smoked on the flight from London to Tokyo, or back, although 90 per cent of the passengers were Japanese.
The only evidence of excessive smoking I met was the offer by every petrol pump attendant to clean our ashtray whenever we stopped to fill up.
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