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Temperatures soar in Japan; 30.5 C recorded in Oita town

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Temperatures soared across eastern and western Japan on Tuesday, brought on by a high pressure system, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. In many parts of the nation, the mercury was 10 degrees higher than Monday, with temperatures exceeding 25 degrees in 270 locations throughout the country.

The mercury hit 30.5 degrees in Hita, Oita Prefecture, at 1 p.m., 28 degrees in Fukuoka and Kumamoto, 26 degrees in Nagoya and 25 degrees in Tokyo. Many workers out and about in central Tokyo could be seen carrying their jackets.

The Meteorological Agency said that temperatures will be about 5 degrees lower on Wednesday.

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Strange, I could have sworn Monday was hotter

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welcome to global warming hope it will help CoolBiz !

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Summer heat is coming. Lets see how long the anti-nuclear activists are happy to live with brownouts and no aircon.

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Bring on the sunshine for Golden Week!

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Many workers out and about in central Tokyo could be seen carrying their jackets.

Just as many can be seen wearing jackets or coats, and windows on buses remain closed.

Incomprehensible.

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Still have snow on the mountains here in Fukui. This is the latest spring I have ever experience in Japan. The Cherry blossoms just started about 1 week ago in town, but just a few minutes drive, I can easily find snow.

@WilliB Agreed!

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WilliB

Summer heat is coming. Lets see how long the anti-nuclear activists are happy to live with brownouts and no zircon.

How many days last summer did you have "brown outs and no ac?"

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Yesterday I was FREEZING!! Crappy cold rain and TODAY lovely, lovely BLUE SKIES over TOKYO and lovely SUN SHINE!! Viva Mexico! Ooops??, Viva Japan!!

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It is a FANTASTIC day out there!

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It's the end of the world.

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Summer heat is coming. Lets see how long the anti-nuclear activists are happy to live with brownouts and no aircon.

Isn't that what the nuclear propagandists have been saying last year? The nuclear accident has managed to shut down the entire nuclear plants in Japan, and yet the nuclear proponents are blaming US for THEIR failures.

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Summer heat is coming. Lets see how long the anti-nuclear activists are happy to live with brownouts and no aircon. Hahahaha! How many days last year? Open a few window, drink some water and turn off the nasty lights. I don't have AC at home and funny, no blackouts last year here.

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I love the weather today!

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Take of your tie, unbutton your shirt, open a beer and a couple of windows and let the breeze and the sun shine in.

While your at it, go ahead put your feet up as well, life is good.

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WilliB: They can't start using the aircon anywhere yet anyway because the set date is from May 1st. Same with heaters (stoves) -- can't start until December 1st.

Anyway, I didn't think it was all that hot out, but it was really nice weather. I just pray that, unlike usual, people who were complaining about the cold yesterday aren't complaining about the heat tomorrow.

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Time for the ladies to show some skin again... ;)

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Global Weirding!

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Rain, clouds, wind, cool in Okinawa. Nice temperature but definitely umbrella weather.

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29? Why is that news?.......

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it was like 39 degrees in thailand yesterday.

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I don't think they still use mercury to measure the temperature in 2012 as it is toxic and potential harmful to the environment, if the thermometer falls on the floor

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Looks like it's shifted halfway around the world. March was the hottest March on record for the Wash D.C. area. Just about the time April kicked-in, things cooled down considerably. Been averaging in the mid-40's this past week. (About 7°C)

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'bout time!

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I don't think they still use mercury to measure the temperature in 2012 as it is toxic and potential harmful to the environment, if the thermometer falls on the floor

Well done Einstein.

Loving the warmth. Dodging my job, getting drunk and the shirt is off. Something for everyone.

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About freaking time if you ask me. Coz I'm sick of this cold weather.

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I'm loving it! I can finally wear sandals after such a long time.

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tsukki - You could have been wearing sandals way before now. If your tootsies got cold, you could have just asked someone to warm them up for you!

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Bring on death by mozzie bite

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Kaneko, the Keio University economist, has stated there is no economic rationale to continue using nuclear power instead of renewables. He noted that factoring in distribution, wages and storage of radioactive waste puts the cost closer to 20 yen per kWh, and says switching to renewables would stimulate the economy and job market.

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Many companies and manufacturers want safety ahead of nuclear power. The cost of decommissioning is set aside before a power company is allowed to start operations at a NPP.

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Nearly three-quarters of Japanese firms want safety guaranteed before idled nuclear reactors in the country are restarted, seeing no need to rush the process despite the impact the loss of the power source could have on their businesses.

http://www.japantoday.com/category/business/view/japanese-firms-want-safety-first-on-nuclear-restarts-poll

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Before restarting any reactor, the minimum safety standard should be, the reactor is capable of instant shutdown and the cooling systems with it's heat sink, pumps, pipes, power supply can be maintained no matter what has happened, be it an earthquake, tsunami, flood, fire, terrorist attack, airliner crash.

While all reactors are designed for instant shut down none have the capability of maintaining the cooling system, mo matter what.

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For decades, the power companies have made ¥billions and ¥billions from nuclear energy. TEPCO became the largest power company in Asia, and the fourth largest in the world. If the power companies were able to make such huge profits why wasn't the cost of power less than what they actually charged? Last year, TEPCO admitted it had overcharged all it's customers by 10%, but no refunds coming.

On mainland Japan, electrical power is generated and supplied by nine power companies, which makes it one of the most powerful groups of companies in the country.

It's time to separate companies that generate power and new companies which supply power, which would reduce the cost of power to the customer. For decades, those nine power companies have resisted any major changes to the power industry, and any loss of control like preventing none power companies from generating power. That changed last year.

Many new companies, and even the likes of KEPCO, are making huge investments in solar and wind plants. The country needs to move away from the idea that power can only be generated by these nine companies with their huge power plants, whether it's gas, oil, coal or nuclear.

There needs to be local generated power, individuals and companies generating their own power with a variety of available technology including solar, wind, cells, and greater use of nanotechnology.

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Last year, following the nucler disaster, I was thinking it would take 25 to 30 years for the country to end it's dependence on nuclear energy for generating power and the country would still need to operate a number of reactors while new technologies were introduced. Maybe, 18 reactors, two per pwer company.

Since then I have dscovered the total lack of real safety standards at the atomic power plants and now in my opinion none should be restarted until those safety standards are improved to ensure another Fukushima never happens again.

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The headline "People are Welcoming the Warmer Weather" would be more appropriate.

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Sorry. No air conditioning will be available. Not enough electricity for the summer heat. Nuclear plants were turned off.

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Here comes heat strokes... I hope we don't get a lot of those news this year. People, please be prepared!!

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I remember when people in Japan thought air conditioning was bad for you heath. If AC means nuclear, I guess the old folks were right!

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Few people actually believe this but the second coolest spot in all of Japan during the hot summer months is Okinawa, beaten out only by Hokkaido. Okinawa rarely exceeds 32 degrees while mainland Japan cities hover near 38 degrees. It's just that Okinawa stays quite warm for an extended period of time whereas the rest of mainland Japan starts to cool off comfortably around September. So that's why people always think Okinawa is so hot. I've lived here 17 years and find it quite comfortable year round.

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