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195 hospitalized for heatstroke in western Japan

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The Fire and Disaster Management Agency said 195 people were hospitalized for heatstroke on Friday as temperatures rose to the mid-30s in western Japan for the third day in a row.

Osaka had the highest number of heatstroke victims at 57, including 15 students who suffered exhaustion during an athletic meet at around 12:20 p.m., NTV reported. Aichi had the next highest number with 26.

The day's highest temperature was 36.7 degrees in Toyonaka, Osaka Prefecture. Takahashi in Okayama Prefecture recorded 36.6, Kyotanabe in Kyoto Prefecture had 36.1 and Fuchu in Hiroshima Prefecture was 35.1 degrees.

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JMA announed begining or rainy season on 29th May but it has not rained so far..one of the reasons.

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The thermometer has hit 35 deg, the big sweat is on. Already lost a kilogram .

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.....including 15 students who suffered exhaustion during an athletic meet at around 12:20 p.m.,....

Oh boy! How many times is it going to take hauling kids to emergency rooms before someone figures out that midday, in the extreme heat isn't the best time to hold athletic meets? So, it's unusually hot, you say. How about taking the unusually clever step of postponing or canceling it, or even better, make sure that any meet scheduled between June 1st and October 1st, is in early morning or after the sun has gone down?

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JMA announed begining or rainy season on 29th May but it has not rained so far..one of the reasons.

JMA announced the end of rainy season down here and it was one of the shortest seasons on record. We got more rain before rainy season than during it!

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"The day’s highest temperature was 36.7 degrees in Toyonaka, Osaka Prefecture." That must be hot since the average human body temperature is around 36.5 degrees celsius.

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"Osaka had the highest number of heatstroke victims at 57, including 15 students who suffered exhaustion during an athletic meet at around 12:20 p.m."

Society really never learns, do they? I know the Japanese in general feel the need to be meticulous and schedules and follow them to the letter, but I'm sorry, if the day you have scheduled the show for moms and dads and grandparents is 35 degrees or more, is the point of the show to have the parents watch their kids nearly die?

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I wonder how many get sick or die because they believe the "Korean Fan Death" myth that using a fan in a closed room can kill you.

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Holding athletic meets in the hot sun is crazy.

A longtime ago I participated in an athletic meet during the heat of O-Bon. The location was Okayama and it was about 35/36 degrees. I think there was a 3k or 5k event for people over 60 years old and it was held at about 2pm in the blazing sun. One gentleman collapsed during the race and I kept thinking... no way will they let these old guys run... no way.

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And to add to smithinjapan regarding following schedules to the letter, how about prolonging the closing of national parks till just about when it's much cooler during sundown so it can be enjoyed more by everyone. They close so early.

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Too many Japanese are just way too stupid to not understand when NOT to be out in the terrible heat and humidity!! Go play baseball, soccer etc...in the middle of the day with almost 90% humidity??? Only an idiot does this so guess these folk down in Kansai must fill all the requirements to be labeled as??? In Mexico and other hot countries we know when not to mess around in the heat/ high humidity!! When will Japan learn????????

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maybe turn the air conditioner on?

stay indoors?

other people have figured this out, especially hot countries that have siesta.

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37 degrees here on Thursday and 35.5 yesterday. The wife refuses to use the air conditioning. We brought out the fans instead. Luckily this rain today has cooled it down a bit...

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It's not like hot weather is something new to the world. This happens every year and the people who end up getting hospitalized are just ignorant people. It is common sense that if you are going outside in 30+ weather that you should be drinking plenty of fluids, wearing hats, etc. For those people who lack this common sense, they make sure to constantly warn people about this on the news and weather channels. There is no reason for this many people to be hospitalized for something as simple as heatstroke. They are putting an extra burden on hospitals where the resources could be used better than doting on some fools who thought that heatstroke doesn't apply to them.

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As usual, just when we head to western Japan for our annual summer trip the heat is on!

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