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Neo-Tokyo's smokers are about to EXPLODE.

News Japan: Japanese Restaurant Chain Tests Smoking Ban. The Results…?

News   Posted on July 08, 2018 in news, society, health, eating, drinking • By Jay Andrew Allen • Read Related Articles

Ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the Japanese government has instituted new smoking regulations that will reduce smoking in 36% of restaurants. The city of Tokyo is enacting tougher regulations that will ban it in around 80% of eating and drinking establishments.

Nakada Holdings, which runs a chain of kushikatsu (deep-fried meat skewer) restaurants, decided to get a leg up on the law, and instituted a total ban in 180 of its 190 stores starting in June. (The remaining 10 stores have cordoned-off smoking sections.) The results after a month were somewhat surprising. The average amount spent per customer dropped by about 5%, and overall profit compared to last year dropped by 2.9%. But the actual number of customers in the store increased by 2.2%, something the chain had not been expecting. The rise is attributed to more families visiting the new smoke-free environments. The store reports being buoyed by the results, and hopes to see a further increase in customers as word of the ban spreads.

Customer and employee reaction to the ban has been mixed. Some customers like the smoke-free environment, while others don’t see the point of drinking if they can’t also smoke. And while employees also find the stores an easier place to work, some expressed disappointment that regular customers have stopped coming.

(JP) Link: Kushikatsu Nakada Bans Smoking, Sees an Unexpected 2% Increase in Customers; Profits Drop — Asahi Shinbun Digital

全面禁煙の串カツ田中、想定外の来客2%増 売上高は減:朝日新聞デジタル
居酒屋チェーンの串カツ田中ホールディングスは5日、全席禁煙を始めた6月の既存店の売上高が、前年同月より2・9%減ったものの、来客数は2・2%増えたと発表した。会社員や男性グループが減る一方、家族連れ…

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