Lawmakers are a law unto themselves when it comes to disregarding the law on smoking in their offices.
"I sometimes find it too much of a bother to go all the way to the smoking room because so many people visit my office each day," explained a ruling party Diet member.
Pressed on the issue, the Diet member admitted to having " just recently learned that smoking is prohibited at my office" within the Diet members’ office building.
A nationwide ban on indoor smoking that took full effect in last April prohibits smoking in principle in the Diet building and three adjacent lawmakers’ office buildings, which are regarded as an extension of the Diet. Smoking is only allowed in dedicated smoking rooms.
Smoking is totally banned in schools, hospitals and government offices.
be a law unto oneself：慣用語，自行其是，我行我素。例句：Social media platforms, it seems, are a law unto themselves.（社群媒體平台看似自行其是。）
take effect：慣用語，產生效果；生效。例句：The new bus schedule will take effect next Monday.（新的公車時刻表下週一生效。）