One patron smokes a traditional cigarette while the other uses an electronic version inside a club in the Kabukicho district of Tokyo. The World Health Organisation wants to make Tokyo a ‘smoke-free’ city in time for the Olympics in 2020. Photo: AFP

A tobacco-free 2020 Olympics ... or is Japan blowing smoke?

The health ministry and Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike back a smoking ban, but powerful pro-tobacco elements in the government – and a multitrillion-yen industry – have left previous campaigns running out of puff

Topic |   Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

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One patron smokes a traditional cigarette while the other uses an electronic version inside a club in the Kabukicho district of Tokyo. The World Health Organisation wants to make Tokyo a ‘smoke-free’ city in time for the Olympics in 2020. Photo: AFP
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