Japan’s summer not liked by almost two-thirds

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@nifty recently reported on a survey into summer.

Japan’s summer is far too hot and quite humid, interrupted by far too windy and extremely humid typhoons, so I quite understand why it doesn’t seem that popular here.

I don’t take any particular measures against mosquitoes; bites irritate me and the area swells up quite a bit, but it’s just too much bother for rather little effect, in my opinion. I’ve also once had nasty heatstroke that caused me to sweat about three litres-worth once I retired to an air-conditioned room to rest.

The seventh question was about which musicians or celebs suit summer; most of the names mean little to me, but number two was Keisuke Kuwata, who brings on a summer mood as soon as I hear any of his music. Here’s a currently-showing advert for Hawaii:


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Foreigners and heatstroke in Japan

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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