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Utter Bull about food poisoning and heat stroke in Japan: they're doomed

Heat wave causes health concerns in Japan
Published: July 10, 2011 at 10:13 AM

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AdvertisementTOKYO, July 10 (UPI) -- Japanese officials have warned residents not to cut back too much on the use of air conditioning, especially for older people and young children.

The Japanese government warned of possible heatstroke from setting the thermostat on air conditioners too high -- and of possible food poisoning from raising the temperature in refrigerators, Kyodo News reported.

Officials said the temperatures in Japan have risen higher than they have in decades amid a nationwide power-saving drive.

The government asked the public to set air conditioners at 82 degrees, but doing so "would make the actual temperature inside reach too high," said Ritsuko Momose, chief of staff at a home for the elderly in Suginami Ward, Tokyo.

"Some of the measures run counter to the power-saving drive, but the lives of the elderly are at stake," Momose said.

Nearly 7,000 people were hospitalized for heatstroke in June, more than three times the number from a year ago. Fifteen died after reaching the hospital.

Weather officials said June's heatwave sent temperatures in parts of Japan to their highest levels since 1961. Temperatures in downtown Tokyo reached 95 degrees on June 29 -- just the third time the temperature has exceeded 95 degrees in June since the Meteorological Agency began compiling comparable records in 1875.

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