Summer in Japan will not be pleasant this year. Many places in the country, including the capital of Tokyo, recorded temperatures well into the 30’s on Sunday. More than 700 people were hospitalized, and one confirmed dead because of heatstroke. The southern winds from the Pacific brought the country into a nude state with temperatures as low as 32 degrees.
A survey conducted by the Kyodo News agency revealed 740 heatstroke-related hospital cases, while a 50-year old man from the city of Shikokuchuo in Ehime Prefecture was pronounced dead after being brought to the hospital. The Kanto region of the main island also had casualties when ten junior high school students were brought to the hospital following complaints of heatstroke during a baseball game in Saitama Prefecture, where 35.9 C enveloped the city of Koshigaya. In its neighbouring prefecture of Ibaraki, six female students were suspected to have heatstroke and were brought to the hospital.
In the westerns Kansai region, the city of Higashiomi in Shiga Prefecture reached 35.6 degrees, while the city of Owase in Mie Prefecture has been reported by Japan Meteorological Agency to have suffered highs of 37 degrees. Even the northernmost major island of Japan was not spared by high temperatures. The town of Ikeda reached 33.9 degrees; Kushiro hit 32.7 degrees, while Obihiro had 33.6 degrees.
The public are reminded to be careful when leaving home and to watch out for signs of heatstroke, including, but not limited to, headache, nausea and dizziness. Keeping oneself hydrated, especially those with extreme activities, is also advised.