Japan begins 3-month power-saving period amid record heat wave

Tokyo [Japan], July 1 (ANI/Xinhua): The Japanese government, for the first time in seven years, on Friday demanded that businesses and households begin a three-month period of electricity conservation to avoid an electricity crisis as as temperatures hit record highs during a scorching heatwave. The government has not specified a specific target for reducing energy consumption until September, but has urged people to reduce energy consumption levels without disrupting business operations or the daily lives of citizens. .

The government said that between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. local time, when solar power generation declines, it would be particularly important for people to take energy-saving measures to avoid an electricity crisis. Temperatures exceeded 40 degrees Celsius in a record six locations across Japan, according to local media, and hit 37.0 degrees Celsius in Tokyo on Friday, breaking the country’s ‘extreme heat’ line of 35 degrees Celsius for the seventh consecutive day.

Due to unusually hot temperatures for this time of year, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has urged people to continue using air conditioners amid concerns over blows. heat and other heat-related illnesses. METI said that instead of turning off air conditioners, other energy-saving measures could be taken, such as turning off lights and unnecessary electrical appliances.

Japan’s meteorological agency issued a heatstroke alert on Friday for large swaths of the country covering areas from Kanto-Koshin to Kyushu, as hospitals saw an increase in heatstroke cases. While the scorching heat is expected to continue, Japan’s Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Seiji Kihara also urged the public to remove face masks when outdoors to help prevent heatstroke.

“We ask the public to remove masks except when speaking at a short distance,” Kihara said during a press briefing on the matter. (ANI/Xinhua)

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