Tokyo residents urged to wear turtlenecks to save on energy bills | Japan

The governor of Tokyo has urged people to wear a turtleneck this winter to keep warm and reduce energy consumption.

Yuriko Koike said wearing turtlenecks can help lower energy bills.

“Warming the neck has a thermal effect. I wear a turtleneck myself and wearing a scarf also keeps you nice and warm. This saves electricity,” Yuriko Koike told reporters on Friday.

“This is one of the tools to get through the harsh winter energy climate together.” She said French President Emmanuel Macron was “leading the way in wearing turtlenecks”.

Japan has long run an annual “cool biz” campaign, encouraging a casual dress code in offices to save energy during the country’s sweltering summers.

Appropriately enough, the winter version is labeled ‘warm biz’.

Japan – which aims to become carbon neutral by 2050 – has, like many other countries, faced a tight energy supply since the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February.

Japan’s Prime Minister, Fumio Kishida, in August called for a boost to revive the country’s nuclear power industry in an effort to address rising imported energy costs.

But such a move would likely prove controversial after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, triggered by a massive tsunami, which led to the shutdown of many reactors over safety fears.

Eleven years later, 10 of Japan’s 33 nuclear reactors are back in operation, although not all are operational year-round and the country is still heavily dependent on imported fossil fuels.

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