• Sapporo, Hokkaido

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Thank you for the June 10 “Here comes the sun” articles about early rising/sleeping. However, spare a thought for those of us here in northern Japan. I’m sitting here in Sapporo at 3:40 a.m., and the birds are already singing and I can see the end of my street clearly. I don’t start work for another six hours. Sunrise here in mid-June is at 3:55 a.m.

My big hope for the Group of Eight summit in Toya, Hokkaido, next year is that members of the national government will come to understand the need for daylight saving time after spending a night in Hokkaido and enjoying all the wasted daylight seeping through their bedroom curtains.

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