Mitsubishi Chemical to Ban Smoking during Office Hours

Economy

Tokyo, May 21 (Jiji Press)--Mitsubishi Chemical Corp. said Tuesday that it will ban employees from smoking during working hours, an unusual move for a major Japanese chemical company.

The ban, slated to go into effect in April 2020, is aimed at protecting employees from secondhand smoke, said the core subsidiary of Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corp. <4188>.

All employees of the subsidiary will be required to refrain from smoking during working hours, including when working from home and during business trips.

The company will also remove smoking spaces from all domestic offices and plants under its management.

Mitsubishi Chemical will ask employees of other companies who enter its facilities for maintenance and other purposes not to smoke within the premises.

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