Posts Written OnJanuary 2018

LWIF X EP26: Why is Smoking Indoors in Japan Still a Thing?

Currently it’s completely legal to smoke indoors in many places in Japan, such as restaurants, cafes, and bars. The national Japanese government did start working on a bill to introduce partial indoor smoking bans, but those have been abandoned for now. Local governments can also introduce smoking laws and the Tokyo Metropolitan government has started working on one that it’s hoping to implement it in time for the 2019 Rugby World Cup and especially before the 2020 Olympics.

LWIF EP92: Meeting and Helping Japan’s Homeless

This is part 4 of a series of videos on homelessness in Japan. In this episode we get together with Sanyukai (, which is a non profit organization dedicated to helping the homeless and former homeless. Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Initial video Special thanks to my wife who assisted with the interviews, interpretations, translations, and editing. I’m hoping that by putting the thanks here, instead of in the video, she’ll be less likely to notice (she doesn’t like attention). Also a shoutout to Michael Goldberg, thanks for your help!