E-Cigs And Japan

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  1. Jin Kogetsu

    Jin Kogetsu Full Member

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    Im not 100% sure but a trip to Japan May be in my 2011 line up, and from various films and conversations with friends from japan over the years. I have summed up that japan is an ex-smokers nightmare due to the fact they have analog cigs in just about every flavor you can think of cherry, blueberry etc etc etc.. well i am content with my PV but one of my buddy's stateside brought up "dude how you going to get that thing past customs it looks like a Bomb" (being a smart *** that he is, googled e-cigs and it kept bringing up pictures of a chuck ) well i don't own a chuck i have a vapor King which i hear a lot of people like the 510 just stick in a pen holder in there laptop bag

    But what i was wondering has anybody been to japan With a PV? and if so what is there stand on public Vapeing and if there was any problems with customs and cartos, and or the pv its self

    what made me super pissed off was how he initiated the conversation with " i guess your gonna have to leave your Toy at home and smoke real cigs in Japan" followed by the bomb comment"

    I was angry and to me it really hurt cause i have worked very hard staying off of regular cigs and to hear a friend of 8 years say it like that felt like he was pissing on my health and to be 100% honest i wanted to and still want to kick him in the nutz next time he comes for a visit (this friend by the way is not from japan he just lives in another state and is most likely going on the same trip. just to clear up some confusion) so i have yet to find a tangible answer

    thanks Jin Kogetsu

    PS due to the nutz comment we have had a couple of scuffles like good ol boys do in our 8 years were about as close as brothers and in a band together so we have been through alot of ups and downs so a kick in the nutz wouldn't destroy our friendship (we've been through worse) just to let you fine people know
     
  2. lasttango

    lasttango What would Freud say? Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    With you on the kick in the nutz...

    Wish I had an answer.

    I have to go to LA and St. Petersberg this Fall and I have similar fears.

    I really really don't want to light up.
     
  3. Hellen A. Handbasket

    Hellen A. Handbasket Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

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  4. LittleMerced

    LittleMerced Senior Member ECF Veteran

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    He's just jealous! :p
     
  5. LittleMerced

    LittleMerced Senior Member ECF Veteran

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    Also, japan is a really weird, techie kinda place. I think your ecig will garner interest or they won't even notice.

    We are talking about a place that sells used panties in vending machines :facepalm:
     
  6. PTJD

    PTJD Vaping At FL370 Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Been to Tokyo a couple of times with my Vapes, no problems at all at Narita.

    Mods can you merge the double post?
     
  7. RIAFlight25

    RIAFlight25 Super Member ECF Veteran

    Had no problems in Tokyo (Narita), Chitose, Sapporo, Okinawa, Iwakumi, or Hiroshima.

    You will be just fine. :)

    Safe Travels,
    RIA *Covers Nutz* :p
     
  8. Joyimui

    Joyimui Super Member ECF Veteran

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    You'll be fine vaping in Japan~ Their biggg electronic store sells them too =) (really pricy though!)
     
  9. basilray

    basilray Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Yup! I was just in Narita for a layover and had no problems. PM me if you have questions about it.
     
  10. casual

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    I'm going there in a couple of weeks.
    anyone knows whether it's legal to bring your juice in the country?
     
  11. PTJD

    PTJD Vaping At FL370 Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Yep, you should have no problems.

    I'm actually headed back in May, if any problems will report back.
     
  12. Sandrita

    Sandrita Registered Supplier ECF Veteran

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    I have a friend who has been to Japan and apparently vaping is pretty big over there so I don't think you should have any problems :)
     
  13. PTJD

    PTJD Vaping At FL370 Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Just got back from Japan, did not see anyone vaping but still no problems at either airport. Flew into NRT and flew out of HND.
     
  14. MASTER0FDAMPF

    MASTER0FDAMPF Vaping Master ECF Veteran

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    No problems with narita last year, no issues anywhere there (but out of respect I would vape in smoking areas near shrines/temples and in the Akiba district (akihabara))
     
  15. Starspecks

    Starspecks Super Member ECF Veteran

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    I would plan a trip somewhere else. You may not hear about it on the news anymore but the radiation is still an issue over there. A lot of celebrities have even gone so far as to remove japan from their tour.
    Didn't they recently raise ...ushima to an 8? That worse than chernobyl and you can easily google the fallout map for that. Be safe!
    Sent from my Evo
     
  16. PTJD

    PTJD Vaping At FL370 Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Hello, just got back from a 5 day trip to Tokyo, I guess if I knew celebrities had canceled their trips, I would have thought better!:facepalm:
    Seriously, no problems, only thing I noticed was on Trains and Restaurants it was warmer than usual due to conserving energy. You should go and enjoy yourself.
     
  17. Starspecks

    Starspecks Super Member ECF Veteran

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    Still elevated radiation.

    Sent from my Evo
     
  18. Krutoymush

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    Here is my information on Japan.

    Before I came to Japan, I called the consolate, emassy, and eventually Tokyo customs for information. Eventually, I was directed to the Japanese ministry of health. After reaching them This is the 'scoop'.

    Japan considers nicotine to be 'medicine' so that is why the ministry of health has jurisdiction. The rules for traveling to japan with medicine are that (except for a few banned medical narcotics) you are free to bring a month's worth of 'medicine' with you to Japan. Exactly what a 'month's worth' of medicine is, is a bit open to interpretation. Anyhow, I pulled out my pocket ecig kit, (not all the bottles of e liquid I had with me), and showed it to the officer at customs, explaining in bad Japanese that I had called the ministry of health and that they said it was ok to have a month's worth, and he just waved me in. They don't seem to scrutinize Americans much anyway.

    For anyone thinking that this means that you can bring more 'creative' stuff to Japan, don't even think about it. They come down quite hard any any of the illegal stuff, and there are westerners who get a nice stint in the hokey for that.

    On an interesting side note. There is a big turf war in Japan now about tabacco. Apparently, the government holds the largest stake in the biggest tobacco firm, and it's a big source of revenue. But recently, when the ministry of health talked about pushing for reducing or outlawing it, it caused a stink. Basically, one hand in government needs to pay for the consequences of tobacco, while the other hand of government benefits from the sales of it. What can I say other than we could learn a thing or two from the Japanese about insane Bureaucracy.
     
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