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This year’s heat wave is again lethal, having already killed over 30 people and sent more than 10,000 to hospitals since July 9 due to heat exhaustion and heatstroke.

The extreme weather continued to scorch Japan this week, with many cities seeing their highest-ever recorded temperatures. The mercury rose to as high as 40.7 degrees in the city of Tajimi in Gifu Prefecture on Wednesday.

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