Tokyo tells residents to wear turtlenecks to stay warm and ‘save electricity’

  • Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in August called for a push to revive the country’s nuclear industry.
  • The move was aimed at coping with rising imported energy costs.
Are you trying to stay warm this winter while reducing energy bills? Wear a turtleneck, says Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike.
The governor, who wore one under a jacket herself, encouraged residents to don turtlenecks to stay warm and reduce energy consumption.

“Warming the neck has a thermal effect. I wear a turtleneck myself and wearing a scarf will keep you warm too. It will save electricity,” Ms. Koike told reporters on Friday.

“This is one of the tools to get through the harsh energy climate of winter together,” she said, adding that French President Emmanuel Macron is “taking a lead in wearing turtlenecks.”
Japan has long run an annual “Cool Biz” campaign, encouraging a casual dress code in offices to conserve energy during the country’s hot summers.
The winter version is appropriately called “warm biz”.

Like many other countries, Japan – which aims to become carbon neutral by 2050 – has faced a shortage of energy supplies since the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in August called for a push to revitalize the country’s nuclear power industry to cope with the rising cost of imported energy.
But such a move would likely prove controversial after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, which was triggered by a massive tsunami and led to the shutdown of many reactors over safety concerns.

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

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