Twelve people on Wednesday were taken to hospitals in the Kanto area be treated for heatstroke as temperatures soared in the aftermath of Tuesday's typhoon.
The Japan Meteorological Agency said that mercury reached 34 degrees in Hachioji, 32.4 in Kofu and 30.2 degrees in central Tokyo. One woman in Kawasaki fell into a coma, Sankei Shimbun reported.
Last year at this time, the number of heatstroke cases shot up as many air-conditioners were switched off amid an energy-saving campaign following the Fukushima nuclear disaster. More than 13,000 people were rushed to hospital by ambulance in June and for the first half of July, data from the Fire and Disaster Management Agency showed. Twenty-six of them died.
The agency is once again urging people to take safeguards against heatstroke, by drinking plenty of water, sleeping on a wet pillow and using the air conditioner, if necessary.© Japan Today