Cool Biz campaign begins across Japan
Japan Today -- May 02
The government’s annual Cool Biz energy-saving campaign for late spring and summer kicked off across Japan on Friday.

Cool Biz, which will last until Sept 30, is being held for the 16th straight year. It encourages workers to dress down, ditching their suits and ties for open-necked, short-sleeved shirts in their offices. It also suggests office air conditioners be set at 28 degrees Celsius.

Most government offices were sparsely staffed as many employees are teleworking due to the coronavirus. Some employees who were in the Environment Ministry office wore Okinawa's kariyushi summer shirts, Kyodo News reported.

Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi urged people working at home to also take part in the Cool Biz campaign and not set the air conditioning lower than 28 degrees.

The temperature in Tokyo reached 25.2 degrees at 2 p.m. on Friday afternoon.

過度な冷房の使用を控えるため、ノーネクタイなど軽装で過ごすことを呼び掛けるクールビズの期間が1日から始まりました。実施期間を設けての一律の呼び掛けは今年が最後になります。  国が定める今年のクールビズ期間は例年通り5月1日から9月末までです。東京・霞が関の環境省では7割以上の職員がテレワークしているため、人が少ないがらんとしたオフィスでかりゆしウェアを着て仕事をする職員の姿が見られました。クールビズは地球温暖化対策の一環として2005年に始まり、今年で16年目になりますが、小泉環境大臣は先月、各個人の自主的な取り組みが大事だとして来年度以降は見直す方針を示しています。そのため、実施期間を設けたうえでの一律の呼び掛けは今年が最後になります。
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