The Japanese government today announced the start of the “Cool Biz” season. This is an initiative to save electricity by encouraging business and office workers to dress more casually so less air conditioning is used. The idea is for men to wear short-sleeved shirts, no ties and no jackets. This will allow organizations to set the AC thermostat to the recommended 28C. The rules apply to women as well, but in the public service announcement above, only men are featured.
It has been a cool spring and not really necessary yet, but I will try to adhere to the requests. It is uncomfortable to be sweating in a suit walking around school and it will save the school money and help cut carbon emissions to use less air conditioning.