Yes! As stated by commenter above - Daylight Saving Time. To save energy and maybe lives, and certainly a more comfortable life. But the clock is sacred in Japan. All bow down before the clock. To alter the clock is to go against nature itself here!
So, pack your Eco bag and do what looks good. And never mind if anything is accomplished.
Have fun in your Alphard vans!
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Slightly cooler air backing into Kanto area from the northeast today. Not sure why. Not reaching the Gifu- Kyoto area however. Not yet anyway.
I'll go out on a limb and say the heat wave has maxed out. That doesn't mean pleasant, just a few degrees down on the way.
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Trouble is, kinda early for typhoons. Is only July.
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We need a typhoon!
Typhoons can break it. This is an entrenched pattern but when a typhoon comes in it breaks up the pattern. Afterwards, the pattern may try to re-organize but usually can't do it. Of course, I know we're supposed to say typhoons are terrible. That's PC requirement in Japan.
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Accuweather, which gives professional international overviews, believes the Japan heat wave has already killed, not 20 or 30 as reported in newspapers, but hundreds. And that before it ends, maybe thousands. Much higher than the west Japan flood.
Why so many unreported? Apparently it's difficult to say definitively how attributable deaths are to heat waves because many long term health problems are worsened. Even traffic deaths increase because drivers' concentration and mood are affected.
This will never be reported in the news, because Japan only considers immediate and direct causes. But heat waves always involve an enormous loss of life. And this heatwave, maybe especially in Kyoto and west central Japan, is the worst ever in Japan. Worse than 1994 for extended 38-40 degree days, although deaths are probably higher in Osaka and Tokyo because of high pop.
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I'd be interested to know heat stroke stats for other places in the world with hot summers. I think here are more here than other places. You hear ambulances all the time. I agree with many comments here. Nuclear plants are off so the fear of electricity bills is high, so the subtle message is don't use air conditioning at home. Sit in the bathtub. Of course trains, supermarkets, convenience stores are freezing. That's business.
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And if the financial markets go bust, what happens with the yen then? Up to now, every time there's been a world stock sell-off, the yen has gotten stronger. Why would next time be different? I know the talk of the yen collapsing to 150 and beyond someday. But when is someday?
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