From March to July this year smart cards will be introduced for use of cigarette vending machines across the country.
Smokers will have to apply for an age-verification card to purchase cigarettes from Japan's estimated 520,000 cigarette vending machines.
To apply for the new IC smart card, smokers will need to send in a passport size photograph and a copy of a document showing the applicants age, such as a driving license.
The application card, which is free of charge, can be obtained from shops selling tobacco, convenience stores or downloaded from the taspo website.
The new regulations are a move to cut under-age smoking. People in Japan are legally able to smoke from 20 years of age.
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Tuesday, February 05, 2008