May 12, 2017

AC setting for Cool Biz leaves officialdom hot under the collar

The thermostat setting of 28 degrees recommended by the Cool Biz energy-saving campaign is stirring controversy among top government officials, but the environment minister remains steadfast despite complaints the limit could be too warm. Cool Biz also urges workers to dress lightly in summer ...

More than 1,600 overcome by heat last week

Jun 3, 2014

More than 1,600 overcome by heat last week

Hospitals across Japan treated 1,637 people for heatstroke last week, including four fatalities, the Fire and Disaster Management Agency said Tuesday. The preliminary tally represents a more than sevenfold increase from 230 cases during the same period a year earlier, and compares with 352 ...

| Feb 8, 2014

Frost quake

A frost quake (shimo jishin, or 霜地震) is produced when soil or groundwater that has become saturated with water after a period of heavy rainfall freezes and expands after a sharp drop in air temperature. The earth subsequently cracks, creating a loud popping sound ...

Sep 2, 2013

Summer heat killed 87 in 2013

Record-high temperatures this summer caused at least 87 deaths from heat-related maladies and record-breaking downpours that triggered landslides across the country. According to the Meteorological Agency, temperatures from Kyushu to the Kanto-Koshin region began climbing between July 6 and 8, when the rainy season ...

Heat wave sends mercury soaring past 40 degrees

Aug 10, 2013

Heat wave sends mercury soaring past 40 degrees

A severe heat wave struck the Japanese archipelago Saturday, topping the 40-degree mark for the first time in six years and nearing 41 degrees in western regions, the Meteorological Agency reported. The city of Shimanto in Kochi Prefecture recorded the day’s highest temperature, at ...

/ Jul 17, 2013

Body fat sheds calories when chilled

Transforming fat cells into calorie-burning machines may sound like a fantasy — the ultimate form of weight control — but the idea is not as far-fetched as it sounds. Unexpectedly, some fat cells directly sense dropping temperatures and release their energy as heat, according ...