In response to rapidly increasing social demands to restrict smoking, East Japan Railway Company (JR East) has decided to make all Shinkansen trains and Limited Express trains operating only within JR East territory entirely no-smoking. With this change, additional smoking rooms will be provided on the platforms at major Shinkansen stations and conventional line stations where Limited Express trains stop.
In the press release, it says that this new rule is to take effect “in Spring 2007″. This Japanese press release says that the date was set for March 18, 2007.
I wonder if they will be doing anything to get the stinky smell out of the smoking cars or if they will just wait until they need to be replaced.