Hat tip to Walt for this:
TOKYO: A Japanese university has stopped hiring professors and teachers who light up, officials said on Tuesday (Apr 23), as the nation steps up an anti-smoking campaign ahead of the 2020 Olympics.
Nagasaki University spokesman Yusuke Takakura told AFP they have “stopped hiring any teaching staff who smoke”, although applicants who promise to kick the habit before taking up their post could still be offered employment.
The university will also ban smoking entirely on campus from August, opening a clinic for those who cannot give up, said Takakura.
“We have reached a conclusion that smokers are not fit for the education sector,” the spokesman said, adding that the university had sought legal advice and does not believe the policy contravenes discrimination laws.
Local media said it was the first state-run university to introduce such a condition of employment and the move comes after Tokyo’s city government passed strict new anti-smoking rules last year ahead of the 2020 Summer Games.
It could just as well have read:
A Japanese university has stopped hiring professors and teachers who play chess, officials said on Tuesday (Apr 23), as the nation steps up an anti-chess campaign ahead of the 2020 Olympics.
“We have reached a conclusion that chess players are not fit for the education sector,” the spokesman said, adding that the university had sought legal advice and does not believe the policy contravenes discrimination laws.
I guess it means that pipe-smoking Albert Einstein would never have got a job at the University of Nagasaki.
This is another example of top down control. This isn’t something that’s bubbled up from the staff and students in the university. It’s coming from government. Smoking bans never arise from the bottom up: they always come from the top down. They’re always the work of nameless, faceless bureaucrats who can sign away people’s freedoms with the stroke of a pen, and think nothing of it, because none of them are ever held to account. It’s bad news these days if the Olympic Games or the World Cup get held in your country: it provides another excuse for nameless, faceless bureaucrats to ban smoking.
There’s a global revolt under way against unaccountable top down control. There’s a growing revolt in Europe against the unaccountable top down control of the European Union: people want to run their own lives, and not be run by distant faceless bureaucrats. And the populist Donald Trump’s war with the entrenched and unaccountable US Deep State is part of the same revolt.
“We have reached a conclusion that smokers are not fit for the education sector,”
Who are this “we” for whom Yusuke Takakura is the spokesman? What are their names? What do they look like? Where do they live? Is that him at right?
Clearly Yusuke Takakura is one of these people. He must know the names of some of them. He ought to be interrogated to reveal their names and addresses. They must be held to account. Tobacco Control must be destroyed.
I almost visited Nagasaki in 2005. I was in Fukuoka on the southernmost island of Japan for a few days. And I thought I might take a train to visit Nagasaki, or a boat to visit Hiroshima. Instead I spent most of my time in the Tsukushi Torn Mouth Rash Shop, drinking beer and smoking cigarettes and flirting with Fukuoka girls.