Japan heat wave intensifies – death toll surges to 55

Japan heatwave
August 2015JAPAN The toll from Japan’s ongoing heat wave accelerated last week, boosting the year’s tally to 55 heat-related deaths and sending more than 11,000 to the hospital according to new government figures released Tuesday. According to Japan’s Fire and Disaster Management Agency, 25 people died from heat stroke and other heat-related illnesses nationwide during the week of July 27 through Aug. 2. It was by far the deadliest week so far this year in Japan, nearly equaling the death toll of 30 in the preceding three months combined.
The number of people sent to hospitals for heat-related illnesses also skyrocketed, reaching 11,637 when excluding the 25 deaths. This was more than double the figure for the same period in 2014. Since April 27, more than 35,000 people have been hospitalized due to hot weather in Japan. Of those, 855 have required at least three weeks of hospitalization due to the severity of their illness. The heat has spared no region of the country. Heat-related deaths have been reported in 29 of Japan’s 47 prefectures, and each of the 47 prefectures has reported at least 100 heat-related illnesses.
The greatest concentration, however, has been in the nation’s urbanized areas – in part due to weather and in part simply due to larger populations. The Greater Tokyo area accounts for 19 of the 55 heat deaths this year, with Saitama prefecture suffering the highest death toll (nine) of any single prefecture. Tokyo proper leads the casualty count with 3,037 people affected by the heat, including two deaths. Japan’s aging population is particularly vulnerable to the heat. Just over 49 percent of this year’s illnesses have involved people at least 65 years old. Children account for about 15 percent of the total, with adults ages 18 to 65 constituting the rest of the total. The heat has expanded in recent days. According to data from the Japan Meteorological Agency, 223 of the nation’s 928 temperature observation sites recorded a high of at least 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit) on Saturday (Aug. 1), and more than two-thirds of the observation network hit at least 30 C (86 F).
Aided by abundant sunshine and a dearth of thunderstorm activity, more than 81 percent of JMA’s observation network hit the 30 C mark Tuesday, the highest figure since Aug. 22, 2012. Arguably the epicenter of the heat has been in the northern suburbs of Tokyo, which are among the hottest regions of the country owing to their low elevation, long distance from the coast and southerly latitude – a rare combination in Japan. The city of Tatebayashi in Gunma prefecture recorded its 12th consecutive day of temperatures 35 C or higher on Tuesday; in all that city has reached the 35 C threshold on 21 days this year. –Weather
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16 Responses to Japan heat wave intensifies – death toll surges to 55

  1. Yellow Bird says:

    Japanese Officialdom continues on with (im-)plausible deniability as more of its people sicken and die every day. This “heat wave” allegedly responsible for the mass hospitilizations is relatively ordinary hot summer weather, very similar to what we are having across the pond in the PacNW. They are dropping over en masse from temps in the 80s and 90s? Their officials should realize they paint a picture of their own people as weak, wilting violets.
    The real heat wave they are enduring is the fallout from Fukushima. Nothing has been done about that, because nothing can be done about that. And so officials and people alike continue to deny & ignore what cannot be solved. Japan’s prefectures are living- and dying- at ground zero of an ongoing nuclear disaster, and the rest of the world should pay attention because the Ripple Effect will continue to spread.
    Here in Oregon, allready there is far less coastal life than ever before. we must open our eyes… what other ill effects are we failing to see?


  2. suez62 says:

    Those poor people have had more than their share of hardships! Very sad for them…:(


  3. Mark says:

    HAARP , being used to alter the weather all around the world, HAARP is an atmospheric heater. There are many of these type facilities spread all around the world. Weather weapons, Geoengineering and nexrad radar, tools for destruction.


  4. Beano says:

    It’s the hottest I ever felt where I have lived for decades. Been hot before but never this warm.

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  5. Rick says:

    I really thought there was going to be a shipload of death the way the title reads, Thank God the people of Japan don’t live in Tennessee


  6. Travis Rush says:

    It’s only 95 degrees, there must be something else to this story. Maybe they’re attributing radiation deaths to a “heat wave.”


  7. Dave says:

    Humans are becoming less and less tolerant of heat, why? Could it be the AC?


    • suez62 says:

      Probably. But of you have severe health or breathing problems, you need it. We have breathing problems because of the Chem trails. 😦


  8. Yellow Bird says:

    “About a month after the disaster, on April 19, 2011, Japan chose to drastically increase its official “safe” radiation exposure levels[ii] from 1 mSv to 20 mSv per year – 20 times higher than the US exposure limit. This allowed the Japanese government to downplay the dangers of the fallout and avoid evacuation of many badly contaminated areas.”
    -Physicians For Social Responsibility


    • Yellow Bird says:

      more from that same article:
      “Once a large amount of radioactive cesium enters an ecosystem, it quickly becomes ubiquitous, contaminating water, soil, plants and animals. It has been detected in a large range of Japanese foodstuffs, including spinach, tea leaves, milk, beef, and freshwater fish up to 200 miles from Fukushima. Radioactive cesium bioaccumulates, bioconcentrates, and biomagnifies as it moves up the food chain. Routine ingestion of foods contaminated with so-called “low levels” of radioactive cesium has been shown to lead to its bioaccumulation in the heart and endocrine tissues, as well as in the kidneys, small intestines, pancreas, spleen and liver. This process occurs much faster in children than in adults, and children are many times more susceptible than adults to the effects of the ionizing radiation…
      “Meanwhile, the destroyed Fukushima reactors and spent fuel ponds, which hold huge quantities of radioactive waste, are far from being stabilized. Reactors #1, #2 and #3 every day discharge radioactive gases that emit a billion becquerels of radiation. The uranium cores of reactors 1, 2 and 3, which completely melted down and then melted through the bottom of the steel reactor vessel,[viii] will continue to produce enormous amounts of radiation and heat for many years. Every day, ten tons of seawater is poured upon each of the melted cores; the water becomes intensely radioactive and then rapidly leaks out of the containment4 into the adjacent turbine building. It is then pumped through an expensive cooling system that traps the radioactivity in filters the size of small cars, which become highly radioactive and are being placed in a nearby field. Fifty million gallons of intensely radioactive water have already been collected…”
      it’s a mickeyed mess but there is no way to undo what is done, just blame it on the sun.


  9. Yellow Bird says:

    very bad heatwave in Egypt, 93 dead so far, Egyptian health minister calls it “unprecedented”


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