Monday, August 8, 2022

Japan’s highest temperature in 147 years, government appeals to people – ‘save electricity’

Record heat wave in Japan: The highest temperature in at least 147 years has engulfed much of eastern Japan in less than a week. While the government has asked citizens to reduce electricity consumption as much as possible, people are still running air conditioners to stay safe.

The area around Tokyo remained hot with 35 degrees Celsius (95 Fahrenheit) for the seventh day in a row. The western city of Nagoya was forecast to be 40 degrees Celsius. Rain is expected on Monday, which may bring relief to the heatwave.

Energy supply will be tightened
For the first time this week, officials issued no warning of a potential power crisis, although energy supplies will remain tight amid rising energy prices. This has led to calls in the government to restart most of the reactors that were offline after the March 2011 Fukushima disaster.

The government has advised to reduce the use of masks
The government warned that the dangerous situation would continue. The government is again encouraging people to relax by wearing masks outside. Wearing masks was popular in Japan even before the epidemic.

Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Seji Kihara said, “This increases the risk of heatstroke. Please remove your mask if you are away from others and do not speak,” said Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Seji Kihara.

The power grid in Greater Tokyo, home to 37 million people, has reached very close to the level of use that could lead to fears of a power outage on Thursday. However, with the onset of July, the situation has eased due to measures taken by the authorities to meet the high demand of summer.

Japan often has a harsh summer. 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 is unprecedented, officials were not ready for it.

An official from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) said on Thursday, “Before we gathered enough supply resources, due to record high temperatures, the demand was equal to the peak of summer (electricity) in June, so things got tighter.”

Producer Reduced working hours
Some manufacturers have reduced working hours, and some companies have asked employees to turn off unnecessary equipment earlier this week. Some passenger train stations also shut down escalators, and an amusement park in Yokohama, near Tokyo, turned off its ferris wheel and ropeway lights.

Also read:

Russia-Ukraine war: Russia fires missiles at Ukrainian residential building, 18 killed, 31 injured

Xi Jinping in Hong Kong: Xi Jinping said – After reunification with China, true democracy began in Hong Kong.


Related Articles

Leave a reply

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisement -

Latest Articles