Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his ministers got into the Super Cool Biz spirit on Friday by attending a cabinet meeting, wearing kariyushi -- a summer shirt, similar to a Hawaiian shirt, from Okinawa.
Super Cool Biz — which began Thursday — is an extension of the government’s Cool Biz campaign, which started on May 1.
After the cabinet meeting, Abe changed back into a regular suit for the rest of his engagements for the day.
Cool Biz, which will last until Sept 30, encourages workers to dress down, ditching their suits and ties for open-necked, short-sleeved shirts in their offices. It also encourages offices to turn down air conditioners to set office temperatures at 28 degrees Celsius.
Cool Biz was started in 2005 by then-Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi with the aim of reducing CO2 emissions and electricity use. It started on June 1 each year until 2011 when it was brought forward by a month in a bid to conserve electricity after worries that there would be a power shortage following the March 11 disaster.
The environment ministry has held Cool Biz fashion shows and talk shows across the country as part of efforts to promote the initiative.© Japan Today