2,000 people taken to hospitals as Japan bakes in heat wave

National Jul 16, 2018

2,000 people taken to hospitals as Japan bakes in heat wave

A heat wave continued to scorch Japan on Monday, with some regions seeing temperatures hitting record highs for the year. Temperatures topped 39 degrees in Ibi gawa and Tajimi in Gifu Prefecture in western Japan. The mercury climbed above 38 in eastern and central regions, ...

Hot weather's cold comfort for eels

Travel Jul 13, 2013

Hot weather's cold comfort for eels

by Hillel Wright

In March this year, I spent a week in Taiwan as a guest of the Taiwan Fisheries Agency. My hosts had laid on a relentless daily schedule that took in a complete circuit of the island nation, visiting nearly all the major commercial fishing ...

Japanese dietary tips to prevent summer lethargy

Food & Drink Jul 30, 2010

Japanese dietary tips to prevent summer lethargy

by Makiko Itoh

Anyone who has spent a summer in Japan will likely be well- acquainted with natsubate, or "summer fatigue" — a general state of lethargy and tiredness, lack of concentration, sleeplessness and even mild depression. Dealing with the relentless heat and humidity, which only lets up ...

Language | BILINGUAL Jul 28, 2010

A linguistic guide to the dog days of summer

by Mark Schreiber

With the exception of Hokkaido, Japan heralds the arrival of summer when the 気象庁 (Kishocho, or Japan Meteorological Agency) declares 梅雨明け (tsuyu ake, end of the rainy season). This is the time of the year when urban office workers head for a nearby 屋上ビアガーデン (okujō ...

How to survive summer fatigue

Lifestyle Jul 17, 2007

How to survive summer fatigue

by Tomoko Otake

Imagine being in a sauna for a few hours. Then imagine getting out of it and walking straight into a giant freezer for another few hours. Do this several times a day and continue the routine for a couple of months. Some people say ...