Foreigners and heatstroke in Japan

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Have you experienced heatstroke symptoms in Japan? graph of japanese statisticsWith the 2020 Tokyo Olympics taking place right in the middle of the hot and humid Japan summer, heatstroke is a real worry, and indeed I saw on the news today that a committee had its first meeting today to discuss this very problem, so this survey from the Japan Weather Association and its Heatstroke Zero project into Japan’s heat will be a useful resource for the committee.

I’ve once had very close to heatstroke with uncontrollable sweating; on entering an air-conditioned cafe after a long walk in the sun I had sweat literally pouring out, and after a minute or two I looked as if someone had chucked a bucket of water over my head!
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Younger Japanese more at risk from heatstroke

Have you ever experienced heatstroke? graph of japanese statisticsDIMSDRIVE Research recently published a quick look at heatstroke awareness.

Between the 23rd of June and the 3rd of July 2015 5,202 members of the DIMSDRIVE monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 60.7% of the sample were male, 2.7% in their teens or twenties, 12.8% in their thirties, 29.2% in their forties, 30.7% in their fifties, 17.% in their sixties, and 7.5% aged seventy or older. Note that it looks as if the age data has been skewed by a decade, but checking other recent surveys it is consistent with them. Perhaps this is some copyright trap?

The results here seem counter-intuitive, and seem to contradict reports that say about 50% of those hospitalised this summer were over 65 years old. However, younger people are probably more able to avoid a hospital visit, and perhaps increased awareness through schools has increased self-diagnosis, so the numbers make more sense if this is taken into account.

Personally, I wear a hat, although preventing melanoma on my head is the main aim, as my father gets regular treatment due to over-exposure when he was younger. I once had what was probably heatstroke (rather than just common non-specific heat exhaustion) when on entering an air-conditioned room after a prolonged time outside I started sweating freely from just about every pore in my body. It was moderately scary at the time, although rather humorous to look back at now!
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