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The highest temperature in Japan in 147 years, the government’s appeal to the people – ‘Save electricity’


Record heatwave In Japan: The highest temperature in at least 147 years has scorched much of eastern Japan for a week. The government has asked citizens to cut down on electricity usage as much as possible, while people are still running air conditioners to stay safe.

The area around Tokyo remained hot with 35 Celsius (95 Fahrenheit) for the seventh straight day. The western city of Nagoya was predicted to be 40C hot. Rain is expected on Monday, which can bring relief in the heat.

energy supply will be tight
Officials did not issue any warning of a potential power crisis for the first time this week, although energy supplies will remain tight amid rising energy prices. This has led to a voice within the government to restart most of the nuclear reactors that have been offline since the Fukushima disaster of March 2011.

Government advised to reduce the use of masks
The government warned that dangerous conditions would continue. The government is again encouraging people to relax the use of masks outside. Let us tell you that wearing masks was popular in Japan even before the epidemic.

“Since this increases the risk of heatstroke, please take off your mask if you are far away from others and are not speaking,” Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Seiji Kihara said.

The power grid in Greater Tokyo, home to 37 million people, reached dangerously close to usage levels that could threaten power cuts on Thursday. However, with the onset of July, the situation has eased due to the measures taken by the authorities to deal with the peak summer demand.

It is often scorching summer in Japan. Last year, several events at the Tokyo Olympics in late July had to be rescheduled due to the heat. But the temperature in June this year has been unprecedented, for which the officials were not prepared.

An official of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) said on Thursday, “Before we gathered enough supply resources, due to record high temperatures, there was (power) demand at par with summer peak levels in June, which is why That things got tight.”

Manufacturer reduced working hours
Some manufacturers have reduced working hours and some companies earlier this week asked employees to turn off equipment that is not needed. Some commuter train stations also turned off escalators, and an amusement park in the city of Yokohama, near Tokyo, turned off its Ferris wheel and ropeway lights.

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