公益財団法人 日本対がん協会会長
President of Japan Cancer Society Dr. Tadao Kakizoe
垣添 忠生


It is an honor to be here with you today. I’m Kakizoe, the chairperson of the Japan Cancer Society. It is certainly well known that tobacco smoking accounts for 30% of the causes of cancer, but in other words, this means that if there were no tobacco in the world, cancer could be reduced by 30%. Tobacco is of such importance but, unfortunately, I think Japan’s tobacco control measures have not fully functioned. This is because, whenever the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare tried to proceed with tobacco control as health policies, the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries would consider that the tax revenue might be reduced by about 2 trillion yen. This situation of people losing their lives because of tobacco and money has remained unchanged up until now.
In 2020, Japan will host the Olympic and Paralympic Games. We will join a project called Global Bridges which is hosted by the Mayo Clinic. The Japan Cancer Society would like to take this opportunity to support this project as a partner organization in Japan. We will ask a wide variety of researchers and activists in Japan to make their proposals on this project, select the good proposals, and for the next two years or so, we will proceed thoroughly with Japan’s tobacco control.
Therefore, I think that this Global Bridges project is actually very important for the Japan Cancer Society. I strongly hope that Japan’s environment surrounding tobacco will drastically change by taking this opportunity.

「Tobacco Free Japan 2020プロジェクトについて」

Associate Director of Japan Cancer SocietyDr. Yumiko Mochizuki
This is my pleasure to share some time with you today. I’m Yumiko Mochizuki of the Japan Cancer Society. Since Japan will host the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020, the government has taken the initiative to develop legislation to protect people from exposure to secondhand smoke.
Apart from that, tobacco companies have started to equip and increase smoking areas or rooms to fully enclose smokers. Furthermore, they have developed newly invented tobacco products having systems to powerfully deliver nicotine into smokers’ lungs by taking advantage of unprecedented technology. Under such circumstances, efforts to not only eliminate secondhand smoke but also to reduce the number of smokers are the future issues we are facing.
Currently, there are about 20 million smokers in Japan. Many of them cannot quit smoking although they would like to quit. But the system to support smoking cessation is still insufficient. So, our campaign, “Tobacco Free JAPAN 2020”, aims to improve the infrastructure of support smoking cessation with new ideas generated by many organizations and the power of new providers. We look forward to receiving many applications as possible. Let’s create a tobacco-free society together by 2020. Thank you very much.