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Japan’s bullet trains to nix smoking rooms subsequent spring

TOKYO, Oct. 18 (Xinhua) — Smoking rooms will not be offered on Japan’s bullet trains operating on Tokaido, Sanyo and Kyushu Shinkansen traces in spring 2024, their operators have mentioned.

As of subsequent spring, smoking rooms will probably be changed with areas to retailer consuming water for emergencies, Central Japan Railway Co., West Japan Railway Co. and Kyushu Railway Co. mentioned, citing rising well being consciousness and declining smoking charges.

The transfer, which is able to have an effect on the Tokaido Shinkansen line that connects Tokyo and Osaka as effectively was the Sanyo and Kyushu traces in western Japan, will permit sooner response time throughout disasters and different emergencies, the operators added.

Smoking has already been banned on most native trains in Japan, in addition to on Shinkansen operated by Tokyo-based East Japan Railway and Hokkaido Railway.