As we are starting the countdown to the Olympics and Paralympics in July 2020, a number of challenges arise. One of the most concerning topics is the heat. Japan has an extreme climate and while winters are very dry and very cold with heavy snow in the north, summer is marked by a moonsoon (tsuyu in Japanese) followed by extreme heat and humidity from mid July to mid September.
Every year, we face an increasing number of citizens rushed to hospitals with heatstroke, some serious with over 3 weeks in hospital and unfortunately a growing number of people passing away.
What about next year? how will visitors cope with the heat, sitting in outdoor stadiums? queuing long hours to get into facilities, sleeping well at night?
Tokyo Organising Committee is now testing artificial snow to cool down the venues, so far, although the temperature do not go down, people feel cooler