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Japan wants to adopt daylight savings for Tokyo 2020 but at what cost?

THE deadly heatwave in Japan has prompted its government to mull implementing daylight savings time (DST) for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as a way to help athletes and spectators better cope with the scorching weather. On Tuesday, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said his party will consider the time adjustment proposed by former prime minister Yoshiro Mori before it is brought to Cabinet for the final decision-making. “I heard that the idea of introducing ‘summertime’ is popular with the public,” Abe reportedly told Mori, as quoted by Nikkei Asian Review. SEE ALSO: Rival skaters from Japan and South Korea embrace spirit of ‘Peace Olympics’ In Japan, “summertime” is similar to daylight savings practised in other parts of the world, particularly the US, which moves the clock forward to optimise the hours of daylight. The proposal for Japan is to move the country’s official clock forward by two hours between June and August in...

 

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