The Fire and Disaster Management Agency said Tuesday that 8,686 were taken to hospital due to heatstroke in the week of July 23-29. Of those, 16 died.
Temperatures have remained high across the nation for 10 days in a row as a high pressure system lingers over Japan. The mercury has topped 35 degrees in more than 110 locations across Japan each day, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.
Of the number of people taken to hospital, 3,717 were aged 65 or older, the Fire and Disaster Management Agency said.
By prefecture, Aichi had the most number of heatstroke victims at 668.
The Meteorological Agency said the heatwave is expected to continue at least until next Saturday.© Japan Today