Indonesia – Japan

Part II) Where is Kate Hill going?

Tokyo is a city with almost free from cigarette buds. That was the first thing across in my mind when I visited Tokyo in September 2012. I went almost bare foot from Tokyo – Harajuku – Tokyo and…. Thank God, my feet were just fine, never stepped on any particular ‘hazards’. Then I studied that there are quite many signboards of ‘no smoking’ here and there. In addition to that, Tokyonese:) obey the rules of those all ‘no smoking’.

I spot one particular shape of machine in green painted which was located among the crowd, i.e. intersection, train station, and wondering what the machines for. In the bus during my other visit to Harajuku, I noticed a man walking while smoking approaching that ‘green’ machine, stood there awhile until his cigarette was almost finished. …then put the cigarette buds inside the machine….and continued his walk along Harajuku. AHAAA!!!…the green machines are for cigarette buds (recycling perhaps)

Rules, regulation and other supporting facilities to advise people to throw the cigarette buds properly can be established by most governments, it is building the character of the citizen to obey the rules that matters. Yeap, Government and people inJapan manage to solve that homework, I guess.


About Neni Marlina

Graduated from Master of Natural Hazards and Disasters, Research School of Earth Science, the Australian National University, Canberra, works as a humanitarian in disaster management.
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