Cool Biz starts for another summer

Kyodo

The annual Cool Biz campaign started Wednesday, encouraging office workers to leave their ties and jackets at home to promote energy conservation and combat global warming by reducing the use of air conditioning.

It is the third year that the government has started the campaign a month early to enhance power saving amid the suspension of most of the nation’s reactors following the 2011 Fukushima nuclear crisis.

Under the campaign, which was introduced in 2005, offices are encouraged to set air conditioners at 28 degrees and let their employees dress casually.

“We want people to pitch in by keeping their air conditioning at an appropriate temperature, while guarding against heatstroke by staying hydrated,” Environment Minister Nobuteru Ishihara said.

Cool Biz will be in effect until the end of October. On June 1, the campaign will be stepped up to Super Cool Biz, which will allow workers to wear Hawaiian aloha shirts and polo shirts to the office.

  • ricardohiro

    28 degrees in the office is too hot like staying in a sauna (I have experienced this) and in this case air conditioners are just useless. Irrespective of temperature, employees should be able to wear polo shirts (as many of them in South East Asia do). Japanese often do this kind of inconvenient and annoying things. Before the Japanese government asks its people to suffer in the name of energy conservation, it should end public works that destroy the environment and eliminate greedy electronic power monopolies.