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Friday April 18th 2014

Japan Tobacco

This smart marketing campaign for Mild Seven doesnt seem to show the health warnings?!

Lights, Camera, Action
Lights, Camera, Action

With the rise to power of the DPJ many changes to policy will no doubt come into play. One of which might include further taxes on cigarettes to help boost revenue.

Japan Tobacco
Japan Tobacco

Recently, it looks like the anti-smoking campaigners in Japan have started to have some success. There are more smoke free cafes and restaurants appearing. There are designated smoking areas near taxi cabs and on the train platforms. And there are no longer cigarette tv ads.

But no wonder that anti-smoking campaigners have not had much success in working with higher taxes on cigarettes up until now.  The Japanese Ministry of Finance actually owned 2/3 of JT until 2004 – and currently it seems the Japanese government still owns 50% of the company.

Once again thanks to flickr photographers for some pictures – click on photos to move to their photostreams.

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11 Comments for “Japan Tobacco”

  • bloglinkjapan says:

    #JBlogs Behind Japan Tobacco http://bit.ly/rnRuZ

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  • puffdragon01 says:

    RT @KimonoBox: Behind Japan Tobacco | Japan http://bt.io/B0L Not 1 of my favorite topics, cause I smoke. don’t get me started. Imo

    This comment was originally posted on Twitter

  • whipcracker says:

    RT @KimonoBox: Behind Japan Tobacco | Japan http://bt.io/B0L Not 1 of my favorite topics, cause I smoke. don’t get me started. Imo

  • Anonymous says:

    RT @KimonoBox: Rent an Actroid, Japan | Japan http://bt.io/BK6 Those sure are some realistic looking robots? If you didn’t know it you’d be saying who am I talking to? From a distance or close up the look like a real person.
    Great job Japan.

  • Bunny says:

    I actually liked the lamune kitkat, it’s sort of sky-blue! The orange and sakura ones were quite nice too.
    Though I preferred the dark chocolate kit-kats until the doctor told me to cut down and see if it helps with
    migraine.

    The maccha one was disgusting, there are places for green tea and chocolate isn’t one of them!

    I notice a film one and a game one in that page. I wonder where he got those.

    =^x^=

  • Orchid64 says:

    I wonder just how well some of these KitKats have sold. There are several discount snack shops in my area in Tokyo, and the Jasmine tea KitKat was in around for months. Also, my husband bought the blueberry and strawberry cheesecake ones for about 1/3 of their original price when a seller was attempting to unload “cases” of them as cheaply as possible (and was giving away samples as well).

    I think some flavors are very popular, but Nestle Japan may be overloading the market with too frequent releases. I’ve tried somewhere in the vicinity of 30 of them and I’m not sure that there is enough variation between them to make them all that interesting. If I didn’t write a snack review blog, I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t even be trying some of them. The fruit ones in particular all come across as being similar – white chocolate infused with vague fruit flavors.

  • Kimonobox says:

    No worries – its a topic which causes strong feelings on either side of the fence. I just thought I would mention how much the Japanese government is involved in the industry of tobacco. And I rather liked the camera ciggie pack idea …. but marketing firms would never get away with that kind of angle in Western countries.

  • Kimonobox says:

    Good to hear – I like the lamune kit kat too!

  • Kimonobox says:

    Great feedback on the kitkats …. did you try the vegie one? your thoughts?


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