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Japan thinks about turning clocks ahead to beat the heat for the 2020 Tokyo Games暑さ対策のサマータイム導入、東京五輪に向け議論続く

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2018 has been a summer of heat waves in Japan. The government is worried about how to deal with heat during the Olympics in two years’ time. One solution might be to turn the clocks forward.

Last month, Yoshiro Mori, president of the Tokyo Organising Committee, asked Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to introduce daylight saving time as a way to beat the heat.

Now the government and ruling parties are discussing a plan to move the clocks two hours forward for the 2020 Tokyo Games, a source said on Aug. 6.

That would mean marathon runners would start at 5 a.m., although the clocks would say 7 a.m.

On the other hand, it could be hard to prepare computer systems to switch in time for the games. And the switch “would have an impact on people’s lives,” said Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga on Aug. 6 at a news conference in Tokyo. (Kyodo)

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