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Japan Tobacco accused of marketing to girls at World Cup volleyball
The Washington Times ^ | November 24, 2011 | Christopher Johnson

Posted on 11/26/2011 7:01:54 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

TOKYO — Anti-smoking campaigners in Japan are accusing one of the world’s leading tobacco companies of marketing products to teenage girls at World Cup volleyball events here.

Japan Tobacco’s logo (JT) is on the national team uniforms, court-side digital billboards, TV ads and “gift” packages handed out to schoolgirls, mothers and children entering Yoyogi National Stadium and arenas across Japan during the World Cup, which runs until Dec. 4.

While the United States, European Union and other industrialized countries have long banned tobacco companies from sponsoring sporting events, Japan Tobacco has been a major promoter of volleyball, helping to make the sport popular among schoolgirls. Japan has hosted every World Cup since 1977, and three of the last four world championships.

Japan Tobacco also sponsors a national team starring the country’s top player, Yoshie Takeshita.

About 10 percent of Japanese women smoke, compared with 40 percent of men, according to government estimates. Japan's national team players, idolized by millions of Japanese schoolgirls, wear Japan Tobacco logos and play before Japan Tobacco digital billboards ads in a win over the United States at the Yoyogi National Stadium in Tokyo, Japan, on Nov. 18, 2011. (Christopher Johnson/Special to The Washington Times)Japan’s national team players, idolized by millions of Japanese schoolgirls, wear Japan Tobacco logos and play before Japan Tobacco digital billboards ads in a win over the United States at the Yoyogi National Stadium in Tokyo, Japan, on Nov. 18, 2011. (Christopher Johnson/Special to The Washington Times)

Anti-smoking activists have long accused Japanese volleyball groups of promoting tobacco use, and say JT is targeting young women.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Foreign Affairs; Government; Japan; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: antismokingblimps; japantobacco; nannystate; pufflist; taxobesity; volleyball; worldcup

1 posted on 11/26/2011 7:01:56 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

So what?


2 posted on 11/26/2011 7:02:38 PM PST by Grunthor (pro-illegal alien "conservatives" piss me off.)
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To: Eric Blair 2084; SheLion; Gabz; Hank Kerchief; 383rr; libertarian27; traviskicks; bamahead; CSM; ...

Nanny State PING!


3 posted on 11/26/2011 7:03:46 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Occupy DC General Assembly: We are Marxist tools. WE ARE MARXIST TOOLS!)
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To: Grunthor
So what?

Exactly right. So what?

F.R.s resident tobacco Nazi nanny stater, will be along soon to tell us what.

4 posted on 11/26/2011 7:06:03 PM PST by Graybeard58 (Of course Obama loves his country but Herman Cain loves mine.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Anything less would be sexist.


5 posted on 11/26/2011 7:15:04 PM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Girls have a right to smoke too.


6 posted on 11/26/2011 7:15:13 PM PST by Track9
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Japan Tobacco (JT) has diversified out of cigarette business and is now a big player in the soft drink market — especially sports drinks and healthy teas. These are quite popular, and I drink a lot of them myself.

They are also involved in international agribusiness and import a lot of packaged foods from China and other Asian nations, in addition to spending a lot of money promoting environmental awareness and good social behavior.

The point is, the JT logo doesn’t really mean cigarettes anymore and most Japanese don’t make that association.


7 posted on 11/26/2011 7:16:47 PM PST by Ronin (If we were serious about using the death penalty as a deterrent, we would bring back public hangings)
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To: Grunthor

Kiddie porn is legal to possess in Tokyo, very little girls are sex objects. U-15 shops litter the city.

compared to that, this is nothing


8 posted on 11/26/2011 7:40:25 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Whoa! Whoa! On a thread that mentions “girls” must there not also be some visual evidence? What is tobacco all about?
9 posted on 11/26/2011 7:40:54 PM PST by hfr (Liberalism is a moral disorder that leads to mental disorder (actually it's sin))
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To: hfr

So you are looking for hot pics of underage girls now?? Google “U-15 Japan” or something like that


10 posted on 11/26/2011 7:44:09 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: hfr
Correction: What the heck is this thread all about? It sounds so stupid that I wonder why it's posted on FR.

Is this an attack or a criticism of Japanese culture? I mean what is going on here?

11 posted on 11/26/2011 7:46:40 PM PST by hfr (Liberalism is a moral disorder that leads to mental disorder (actually it's sin))
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To: hfr

I posted it, because I’m keeping tabs on nanny state issues.


12 posted on 11/26/2011 7:52:55 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Occupy DC General Assembly: We are Marxist tools. WE ARE MARXIST TOOLS!)
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To: GeronL
Ok, let's get this straight. This is an anti-tobacco article inveighing against advertising right? And you take it to an extreme that is not warranted?

Where does this "underage stuff" come in? And who is "looking for pics"? You miss the /sarc tags altogether.

13 posted on 11/26/2011 7:55:19 PM PST by hfr (Liberalism is a moral disorder that leads to mental disorder (actually it's sin))
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To: hfr
It's about the treatment of girls in Japan. So was my first post.

That second one wasn't very serious though.

14 posted on 11/26/2011 7:57:28 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Well I agree about the "nanny state". I see people standing outside of business establishemts who are smoking 'tobacc" because it's illegal to smoke inside. I agree it is stupid to regulate this thing. If you don't want 2nd hand smoke stay away! I'm not a smoker, so I stay away.

Anti-smoking is merely kindergarten for the coming one world government that will regulate all aspects of life.

I am always put in mind of what Mark Twain said:

"Imagine that I am a member of Congress. Then imagine that I am an idiot . . . excuse me, I repeat myself."

15 posted on 11/26/2011 8:04:45 PM PST by hfr (Liberalism is a moral disorder that leads to mental disorder (actually it's sin))
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To: GeronL

I don’t know about the treatment of girls in Japan. I’m responding to the “nanny state” treatment of smokers in this country. Our people use the “Law” to achieve their vision of an utopia which is often nothing more than an idiocy. Moral suasion is one thing. Use of the “Law” combined with enforcement using “lethal force” is quite another. It sometimes seems to amount to the statement, “we will kill you to keep you safe.” Thus sarcasm. Thus Mark Twain.


16 posted on 11/26/2011 8:12:04 PM PST by hfr (Liberalism is a moral disorder that leads to mental disorder (actually it's sin))
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To: hfr

I agree with you on that.


17 posted on 11/26/2011 8:13:02 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Anti-smoking activists have long accused Japanese volleyball groups of promoting tobacco use, and say JT is targeting young women.

If they are, they aren't very good at it, since only 10% of females smoke vs. 40% of males, so what's the problem?

18 posted on 11/27/2011 12:17:26 AM PST by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Ronin

Ah, JT...I used to smoke Mild Seven Lights. They were cheaper than Marlboros on base.


19 posted on 11/27/2011 7:42:01 PM PST by GATOR NAVY ("The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen." -Dennis Prager)
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To: hfr

It’s a new generation of the people who brought you Prohibition. As with communism, they resort to the “it only failed because it wasn’t implemented right” argument. It failed because it was too widespread and popular to control, it pissed people off, it killed people, and it would NEVER compromise it’s Capital T Total Abstinence (for everybody else) position.

Here’s another Twainism I learned watching the Burns series on it: “Nothing needs reforming like somebody else’s bad habit.”


20 posted on 11/28/2011 10:35:22 AM PST by ichabod1 (Vote for Rick "Adios Mofo" Perry, 2012!)
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To: ichabod1
Who said something like, “God save us from those who would help us”? Or did someone once say, “Do gooders do no good.”
21 posted on 11/29/2011 7:50:45 AM PST by hfr (Liberalism is a moral disorder that leads to mental disorder (actually it's sin))
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To: hfr

Or, they were doing good, and by doing good, they were doing very well indeed.


22 posted on 12/01/2011 9:11:08 AM PST by ichabod1 (Vote for Herman Cain 2012!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Just like when I hear the name “Al Gore”, I run to flush my government-mandated, low water volume toilet, everytime I hear the odious phrase “anti-tobacco activists” I fire up a fat, black, tasty Maduro.


23 posted on 12/01/2011 9:16:53 AM PST by EyeGuy (2012: When the Levee Breaks)
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