A cold water phenomenon froze fish in the sea on the coast of Miyakojima island of Okinawa. Fish frozen solid washed ashore on Yonaha beach on Jan. 10. Water temperatures in the upper levels of the sea around the island dropped by 10 degrees, to 14.6 degrees Celsius. Combined with strong northerly winds the
Japan’s annual “Cool Biz” energy-saving campaign began June 1, 2008. The fashion campaign was initiated in 2005 by former Japan environment minister Yuriko Koike. She argued that by getting men out of suits, office building air conditioning thermostats could be raised to 28 degrees Celsius (82 degrees Fahrenheit) and would help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.