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While we swelter in the heat and are asked to keep our homes and office air conditioners at 28 Celsius, I was very surprised to visit Tokyo’s Ginza district and find many of the department stores and designer shops frigid and their doors wide open to the street.

Why should citizens have to put up with the threat of rolling blackouts while stores in Ginza waste electricity?

Shouldn’t the air conditioners be turned down a bit and the doors kept closed? Are we as citizens so lazy that we cannot use our muscles to open a door? Obviously the department stores think so. I don’t mind saving electricity, but it should be a joint effort by everyone.

I’ve recently been to Ikebukuro and none of the department stores there had open doors that were cooling the sidewalk.

Shame on Ginza!

The opinions expressed in this letter to the editor are the writer’s own and do not necessarily reflect the policies of The Japan Times.

carol uji

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