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With weather related records being broken (wlidfires, arctic/greenland melting, droughts, temperatures, rainfall...) all over the globe it must be now impossible for even the most ignorant of leaders to ignore the realities of global warming

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The parents of the infant who died in the car need to be charged with murder. How stupid do you need to be to leave a child in a car on a hot day!

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Instead of wasting water how about you let those trees grow out to provide shade. Then, plant some more trees.

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@ifd66

I can't agree with you. There are many that would still question the affects of climate change due to human related matters.

Examples: Trump has gone on record this year saying he doesn't believe in climate change. Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, and The Prime Minister of Australia before this current one have also gone on record as to not believing in climate change.

Hydration is important and a lot of Japanese don't hydrate properly. Many people don't like the idea of drinking while walking, or drinking in non designated eating/drinking areas. Things like that lead to a lack of hydration on these hot and humid days.

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At least seven people have died due to heat-related causes in Japan since Friday, including an infant who was left unattended in a parked car

@Belrick

How stupid do you need to be to leave a child in a car on a hot day!

I believe the story was that the young woman returned home drunk very early in the morning and “forgot” her little girl was in the car until 9 a.m., outside temperature already 30°, by which time the toddler had already succumbed to heat stroke.

Heat wasn’t the problem, an irresponsible, drunken mother was. (The father was away on business.)

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Stay safe, stay hydrated. Climate change is upon us.

This is only the tip of the melting iceberg.

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I’m glad that there are no global sporting events being held in Japan in such savage conditions in the next year or so.

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I'm with Zato. Stop hacking the trees back to chopsticks and let them flourish. A bit of shade is so easy to achieve and makes so much difference.

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I'm going to go outside and lead visitors to the parking lot for more than one hour. I'm really afraid of getting heatstroke, so I purchased umbrella called "higasa" which is used at the hot sunny weather yesterday, and brought another shirt. Until now, "higasa" is not widely taken root in male workers, therefore I'll be a pioneer in this circumstance.

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@Poor English Speaker

Until now, "higasa" is not widely taken root in male workers, therefore I'll be a pioneer in this circumstance.

Good, sensible move. Don’t sweat it.

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Can't wait for the Olympics! Particularly the "Survive the Heat" relay. I heard they're going to award points for style - how you sprawl yourself out on the ground when you pass out.

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It's baffling how this happens every year like clockwork and yet people still don't get it

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@JJJetplane:Trump has gone on record this year saying he doesn't believe in climate change

Facts are facts - the existence of man-made climate change is no longer a debatable topic - you cannot debate facts ... despite the wishes of those in the Trump, Australian and Brazilian administrations to do so.

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Poor English Speaker:

I'm really afraid of getting heatstroke, so I purchased umbrella called "higasa"... Until now, "higasa" is not widely taken root in male workers, therefore I'll be a pioneer in this circumstance.

Good for you, PES. A much more sensible comment than the one beneath yours. While you're staying cool beneath your higasa, he'll be fainting in the street. Well done.

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Here is another one of those things that gets you to question the amount of common sense / intelligence prevalent in Japan.

Sure 'uchimizu' cools down the sidewalk...for a short time until all the water evaporates. It's also a colossal waste of water.

Plant. More. Trees. Trees don't evaporate in the heat, and will provide areas of shade cooler and therefore more comfortable than walking in the direct sunlight.

Use the 'uchimizu' water to feed the trees, so they grow and stay healthy. Water not wasted.

Come on Japan, this really isn't rocket science.

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HBJ - hear hear. Throw water on the ground, let it evaporate, hey presto! More humidity.

Let the trees grow tree-shaped, throw water on them, you've got some shade and you've not wasted any water.

But, as you'll know by now, the rule here is "People used to do this years ago, so we must continue doing it, regardless of how pointless it is."

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One of the heat wave problems is everybody turns on the billions of air-conditioners that make a lot of heat outside. Once all people shut down, hot temperature is slowly cooling down naturally like some cool tropical islands. Nobody shuts down, hot temperature is going up and up,,,,,,,,,far up. Throwing water on street seems almost nothing.

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Pure waste of water.

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Trees are our friends.

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No waste of water. Almost all water dams are full of water 80-100% this year. More typhoons come.

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Gonna just stay home and play video games with the kids in AC. Even walking to the station in Tokyo is a furnace then waiting on the 38 degree platform is unbearable. This whole country should emulate Europe and take August off. Tomorrow I have to go to the office and just getting to the station will exhaust me for the day.

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I need to mow the yard but it is just to hot...tried to do some light yard work under an umbrella but even that didn't work as it just too hot. Well staying indoors in the cool ac.

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@idf66

I am not saying I don’t believe in climate change. Also, as you said, facts are facts. Those leaders said they don’t believe in climate change. That is why I said I don’t agree when you said “it’s impossible for the most ignorant leader to ignore.” Trump has even gone on record for burying a climate change report simply because he said he doesn’t believe in its findings.

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I need to mow the yard but it is just to hot...tried to do some light yard work under an umbrella but even that didn't work as it just too hot

rgcivilian, are you or your family being physically threatened by invading weeds and grasses? If not, stay indoors, don't do anything crazy like "light yard work" in a heatwave! Heatwaves are legitimate excuses for avoiding yard work, not doing it!

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Sidewalk watering is a colossal waste of water, people! Better off giving it to trees or to the people walking by.

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ifd66: " it must be now impossible for even the most ignorant of leaders to ignore the realities of global warming"

Global warming is just a hoax, ask Trump, the expert on climate.

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Sad and mainly due to stupidity and ignorance. Nearly all if not all of these deaths were easily preventable.

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ifd66Today 07:59 am JST

With weather related records being broken (wlidfires, arctic/greenland melting, droughts, temperatures, rainfall...) all over the globe it must be now impossible for even the most ignorant of leaders to ignore the realities of global warming

Say that in the middle of winter, when temperatures are breaking record lows.

I was in Japan two years ago, everybody was complaining about the heat then, the ambulance sirens were going all night and yet people still haven't changed their habits.

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Say that in the middle of winter, when temperatures are breaking record lows.

https://www.climatesignals.org/data/record-high-temps-vs-record-low-temps

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In response to JJ Jetplane.

Yout have your facts wrong Justin Trudeau does believe in climate change!

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Say that in the middle of winter, when temperatures are breaking record lows.

That's what climate change is. Extreme temperatures.

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At least seven people have died due to heat-related causes in Japan since Friday, including an infant who was left unattended in a parked car

That's not the weather's fault. The poor baby didn't die from a "heat-related cause." He/She died from a parent's horrible negligence.

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Toasted HereticToday  02:49 pm JST

Say that in the middle of winter, when temperatures are breaking record lows.

That's what climate change is. Extreme temperatures.

Yes, climate change is real. It's so real, that it's been going on for millions of years.

Is it caused by human activity? Only a very little, if at all.

It's weather, people. Please don't be so unhinged from reality as to think that weather pattern changes, which have been happening for ages, are because of us and our cars and machines.

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Climate change, global warming. Semantics.

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When I worked at the office they introduced computers decades ago, the room was kept freezingly cold and people wore winter clothes even in summer. Today, computer terminals are heat resistant but not the central computer maybe.

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If you are literally taking fresh water and throwing it into the street, then YES, it is a waste of water.

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nothisrealnameToday 02:27 pm JST

Say that in the middle of winter, when temperatures are breaking record lows.

https://www.climatesignals.org/data/record-high-temps-vs-record-low-temps

Interesting that for every year that has a record high, its followed by a record low - the seasons are balancing things out.

Confirms there's nothing to worry about nature is keeping things in check.

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Heat wave claims more lives in Japan

Next years headline

Heat wave claims lives at 2020 Olympics in Japan.

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I happened to be in Rome in August many years ago as a poor backpacker and I noted that absolutely no Italians were there. They went to the beaches or villas in cool parts of the country. Tokyo is a heat island for many reason, and really it is better to stay indoors from at least 10 am to 2 pm, or just take a long summer break to cooler parts of Japan.

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Nothing new it’s summer

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I take a cold shower early evening before dinner.

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I take a cold shower early evening before dinner.

I showered three times today alone.

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If you are literally taking fresh water and throwing it into the street, then YES, it is a waste of water.

So is bottling mineral water or spring water and transporting it hundreds of miles; thousands in the case of trendy brands from Europe.

Are you really that bothered by this basically ceremonial act with feeble little buckets? There isn't a water shortage, we've just emerged from a long rainy season and have most of the typhoon season still to come. You're more at risk of being affected by severe flooding than having to cut your consumption by even 1%.

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@stranger

Yep me too 3-4 showers and a bath. Otherwise I'd be kicking up like Gandhi's flip flops.

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Sad and mainly due to stupidity and ignorance. Nearly all if not all of these deaths were easily preventable.

I agree, I could care less what anyone says or thinks, in my house, I turn the A/C as cold as I can get it, drink a lot of ice cold water. No way am I going to be another statistic.

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If people want to run their AC continuously the installation of solar panels would serve their pockets well.

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Some can’t afford them or don’t want to, either way, it doesn’t matter what you do, each person should do what they want or need to keep cool

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The heat wave is so crazy, I saw someone showing his melted keys on the laptop.

https://www.reddit.com/r/laptops/comments/ck4bf1/the_heat_wave_is_so_crazy_i_saw_someone_show_his/

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The heat wave is so crazy, I saw someone showing his melted keys on the laptop. http://bit.ly/2ZyjteU

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