A new campaign by the Japanese government is something that probably a lot of people would gladly follow. The “Super Cool Biz” campaign aims to encourage employees to dress casually instead of their usual work suite in order to lessen the use of air conditioning as the summer season threatens to bring the country’s energy capacity close to breaking point.
The “Cool Biz” campaign actually started 10 years ago but was mostly limited to allowing government employees to not wear their suits during summer season. But this time around, with none of the nuclear reactors still back online to alleviate the country’s energy needs, there is a greater need to conserve electricity. Excessive air conditioner use is one of the major culprits during the summer season and the Environment Ministry is trying to come up with various ways to try and find a solution for this. During the entire “Super Cool Biz” period, which runs from June to September, employees will be allowed and encouraged to wear polo shirts, sneakers and even Hawaiian-type shirts for men and summer dresses for women, in their offices. Another suggestions is to start work hours earlier during cooler hours.
Over the weekend, three people died, including a 94-year-old woman, and hundreds experienced heatstroke as a high pressure system enveloped the country. Some places had a temperature as high as 30 C, with the highest in Tatebayashi in Gunma Prefecture and Ibigawa in Gifu Prefecture, which experienced 36.3 C, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.
[ via Global Post ]