According to the Japan Health Promotion and Fitness Foundation, the percentage of male smokers has been on a steady decline since the 1960’s, halving in the period.
Men of all ages have seen a decrease in their smoking, currently at 39.5 percent overall, as opposed to 1966 when over 80 percent of them smoked.
Whilst women in general are actually smoking more then they have in the past, their overall rates have always been lower in comparison to men at 12.9 percent. The only female age group to see a significant decline was women 60 or older.
Yet another aspect of Japanese society that is allegedly on the decline.