Ranked 78 out of 80


Overall Score: 88

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Indicators of Influence

These seven key indicators highlight interference from the tobacco industry in Japan.

No. 1

Industry participation in policy development

Indicator Score:

19 / 20

No. 2

Tobacco industry-related CSR activities

Indicator Score:

5 / 20

No. 3

Benefits given to the tobacco industry

Indicator Score:

8 / 20

No. 4

Unnecessary interaction with the tobacco industry

Indicator Score:

10 / 20

No. 5

Procedure for transparency measures

Indicator Score:

8 / 20

No. 6

Avoiding conflicts of interest

Indicator Score:

15 / 20

No. 7

Preventive measures

Indicator Score:

23 / 30


Japan Society for Tobacco Control has often called on the government to take action to strengthen tobacco control policy. It is important that Japan implements Article 5.3 to reduce tobacco industry interference and consider the following recommendations:

  • The government must end all activities that promote the tobacco industry and take responsibility to promote the health and welfare of the people. The government must sever ties with the tobacco industry in order to be free to conduct public health activities for the sake of Japanese people’s health.
  • The government must end all collaboration with JTI’s CSR activities and sponsored events.
  • The government must end benefits given to JTI to promote the tobacco business such as the subsidy for smoking rooms, which violates FCTC Article 8, which requires all public and workplaces to be 100% smoke-free.
  • The Ministry of Finance must make transparent all interactions with the tobacco industry. The government must have a procedure for dealing with the tobacco industry.
  • The government must end the practice of “amakudari” as it negatively affects tobacco control policy and public health.

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