Keeping people employed Japanese style! The new cigarette police out on the beat in Shinjuku
While it may sound draconian, Tokyo’s tobacco police patrol the super-packed sidewalks for smokers near crowded stations and other busy areas in the heart of Tokyo’s government and business district to keep them from setting each other on fire and and because of complaints that smokers hold their cigarettes close to the face level of children.* The fine for smoking 20,000 yen ($246 USD), which is forbidden on the streets of the Chiyoda, Shinagawa, Shinjuku and Nakano wards of central Tokyo (BBC).
This “Smoking Clean” poster campaign warns of the danger smoking poses to children on Tokyo’s crowded streets (3Yen | 2007-10-12).