Summer and the consequences

So… the rainy season is now officially declared over for Tokyo by Japan’s weather frogs and we have entered cruel summer. This year, that summer is indeed a bit weird, starting from working hours. Some industries have shifted the weekend to Thursday/Friday, others to Monday/Tuesday and they are working Saturday/Sunday instead. Big companies are requested to save 15% of energy this summer. The company I work for is in the Thursday/Friday off slot. Our factories stand still on Thu/Fri but run on Sat/Sun. As for our offices, half of them run on the new calender, the other half on the usual one. I’m on the usual one, but many of my colleagues are not, so now we are having 7 days a week operations and today, in half an hour, on a Saturday, I have to participate in a telephone conference from home, grumble…
Another consequence of this summer made it into the program “close up gendai” (gendai meaning “current times” or “the now”) that is a regular NHK program on weekdays at 19:30. It was about power savings and heat-stroke. Many people are suffering from heat-strokes now, since they exaggerate the power savings and leave their air-conditioners off… not good! Some expert guy in the program said that in the evenings and at night we do have enough juice, so guys/girls, please turn on your air-conditioners to stay cool, be able to sleep and to avoid heat-strokes. We have to save energy most of all in the peak hours between noon and four/five p.m. but outside that period we are “allowed” to switch the air-con on. And that’s what I’m doing… and luckily, so far, there is no sign of serious beer shortage yet…

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