Japan's government suggests workers wear Hawaiian shirts to cut down on air con


Japan's Ministry of Environment has suggested workers wear Hawaiian shirts rather than suits.

The Super Cool Biz plan is aimed at reducing the amount of energy companies use in air conditioning.

Richard Lloyd Parry, Tokyo correspondent for The Times newspaper, told BBC Radio 5 live: "One of the big consumers of energy in the summer in Japan is the use of air conditioners.

"They decided they would turn the air conditioners down, let the temperatures rise," Lloyd Parry explained to Rhod Sharp on Up All Night.

"They're encouraging office workers to... take off their ties and to swap their long-sleeved shirts for those loose Hawaiian shirts."

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