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05/10/2014

Cool Biz Campaign has begun at Pref. Goverment

"Cool Biz" is an energy saving campaign, which encourages office workers to wear outfits appropriate for the office yet cool enough to endure the summer heat. On May 1, the Shiga Prefectural Government began the campaign, and most of the employees attended the office, wearing tie-free outfits.

In the past, the campaign would start on June 1 and end on September 30. However, in cooperation with the national government requesting the public to save electricity, the Prefecture has extended the campaign by two months since 2011, with its period covering from the beginning of May to the end of October. During this period, the Prefecture will set air conditioner temperatures at 28 degrees Celsius inside its buildings, and visitors are strongly encouraged to wear light dress.

"We hope not only our employees but also people who visit Prefectural Office or attend Prefecture-organized meetings will feel comfortable wearing casual outfits," says Takeo Sugii, Director of Global Warming Issues Division, who was also wearing a tie-free outfit.

(Sankei Shimbun, May 2, 2014)

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