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Coolbiz? More like hot-sweaty-biz

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Well as I was walking down the street on my way to eat lunch in the 30+ degree heat we have here in Japan, I saw the official “Coolbiz” campaign poster for the first time.

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Coolbiz is a couple of months old by now, but it’s never too late to complain about a bad thing, is it?

In short, coolbiz is an idea proposed by prime minister Koizumi (soon ex-prime minister ?) that aims to decrease CO2 pollution and energy use during the summer months, by turning up the heat on offices’ air conditioners. Yes, the governent has decided to never go above 28 degrees (C) during the period 21st of June to 23rd of September. But what on earth is “cool” about that? Well, during this period of “energy saving” the government also will enforce a less strict dress code; allowing workers to lose their ties and coats.

Although having a less strict dress code is by all means a positive thing, I cannot really see that there is much benefit in setting the air conditioning to 28 degrees. I’d really like to see some energy-saving figures after this campaign is over. Well only governmental offices are *required* to join the campaign, although I presume a lot of private companies are joining in too.

28 degrees inside the office is MADNESS! I turn down the AC when some dork pushes it up to 26 ! How the heck am I going to be able to work effectively in 28 degrees heat? Well, since no one really works effectively in this country anyway, I guess it really doesn’t make any difference…… :plain:


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