Skip to comments.Japanese prefer to die from heat (rather) than turn air conditioning on
Posted on 08/28/2013 9:45:03 PM PDT by TexGrill
According to the police and fire department of Japan, more than 53 thousand people have been hospitalized with heat stroke since the end of May in the country. The number of lethal outcomes has reached 338.
Of these, 263 people (78 percent) are over 60 years of age. 75 percent were found in the premises outfitted with air conditioning systems, although they were not used. Meteorological services reported that in some parts of Japan, temperatures will be preserved on the level of 35 degrees Centigrade before the end of the week.
(Excerpt) Read more at english.pravda.ru ...
That’ll be next here. Energy Pariahs.
“Perfect example of Eco-Brainwashing.”
Probably not. After Fukishima, Japan turned off all the nukes and have turned only 2 back on after making a series of safety improvements. They probably have a serious shortage of electricity and the price is probably sky high too.
I think they must conserve electricity due to Fukishima.
Translation: "Oh no, we just rebuilt the city and now Godzilla is back and this time with Obamazilla"
sometimes, I walk to my car in the middle of summer, with the temp in the high 90’s and I don’t automatically turn the AC on...I start driving home with the windows up just to see how long I can stand it....I know, its nuts.....but relaxing too....
i believe it’s both. and currently more related than usual japan-style conformity.
You’re not alone. Well, sort of...lol. I live in the deep South and rarely use my car’s A/C!
I love the hot summer and like to drive with the windows down!
Nothing will age an engine faster than running your A/C all the time (other than no oil in engine). Always start with A/C off until engine warms up.
i have pets that are heat-sensitive as well as older, i’ll be damned if i won’t make sure they are okay and cool.
I watch the Japanese English-language channel a good bit. Everyone within the range of the Fukishima plant is on three-quarter usage....even at factories and plants. If you live outside of this region...you might have trimmed your usage by ten percent....just to show you are helping.
The truth is...Japan built itself throughout the last three decades on a very marginal and limited electrical generation plan. I doubt if they go into a regular lifestyle for at least another five years.
“Nothing will age an engine faster than running your A/C all the time (other than no oil in engine).”
My 1998 Chevy Silverado has the AC constantly on in the summer, Georgia, 200,000 miles and no problems. Where do you get your information?
I love the hot summer and like to drive with the windows down!”
Me, too. But I also put the top down on the convertible and then I turn the A/C on, put in a CD and crank the volume up a bit. People probably just shake their head but then we oldsters are thought to be a bit strange, so why not take advantage of it.
ROFLOL! What baloney!
LOLOL. God bless sweetest, beautiful you!
I would do the same if I had a convertible!
WOW & Woo-Hoo!
I also play my Rolling Stones’ CD’s at high volume!
Same here. I was born and raised in Atlantic canada and I find it pathetic that idiots still wear hoodies at this summer heat in freakin’ Los Angeles. It takes a lot to tell people I just saw here in 80 degree weather why they’re wearing leather jackets. This is heaven to us ex canucks who are used to -20 weather LOL
Oh gosh! I hate winter weather! - 20? Yikes! I’d be happy to have summer year round.
380 dollar electric bill for me last month.. and i have it set to 77..
Wow that electric bill is high. Last month during a heat wave in Beijing my electric bill was about $30 US dollars. I had the thermostat at 70.
I was in Japan on business a few times back when liberals were still fretting about a new ice age, and even then, the Japanese refused to use the air conditioning that they already had. In hot weather, their offices were like saunas.
This unwillingness to use A/C is nothing new with the Japanese. They seem to have an entirely different standard of personal comfort than we do.
The Chinese act goofy too about climate-controlled offices. Last summer, I made sure the air conditioner stayed on in the office and a group of women, out of protest, dressed up wearing winter coats and scarves. I called them eskimoes. But these same eskimoes who freaked out about air conditioning acted the opposite when the heat in the office got turned on in the dead of winter. They insisted on opening all the windows even when it -10 F outside. And guess what, they didn’t wear coats in the office. Many Chinese would drink boiling water in the summer and room temperature water in the winter. I was curious about these actions and apparently there’s some Chinese tale that airconditioning and heating causes sickness if the windows are closed.
I live in Japan ..Have a house in the country in the mountains , not air conditioned , and a music studio next to the the main house , which is . Electric bill for July was $ 60 . NOt bad .
Sounds reasonable. But do you get bored living away from an urban area?
I know a Chinese-American lady who won’t use soap for washing clothes, dishes, or herself, maintaining that it’s harmful. I know it may not be because she’s Chinese but merely crazy.
Sometimes ...But bus/train transportation is superb so I can be in the a big city like Kumamoto or Fukuoka within 2 hours . I pay $ 40 a year for the bus to and from Fukuoka and can use it as many times as I wish in 1 year . Great deal . BTW - my water ( pure ) bill per month is $ 15 .
> I love the hot summer and like to drive with the windows down!
It’s too bad the car makers knuckled in to the insurance companies and got rid of the corner vent windows that we used to have on every car. You didn’t need A/C with a vent window. It would scoop the air and blast it through the vehicle interior. The insurance companies targeted the vent windows by claiming that they made the car too easy to steal. Now you have to have A/C to survive.
Oh my goodness! I never knew what happened to those wonderful corner vent windows! Thank you so much for telling me!!!!
Tokyo is as regular as you want it to be. If you like to party, party. I’m at a gig right now (as usual) and we are using lots of energy and smoking and drinking and having fun. This article has no relation to myself or the people I hang out with. Its just a stupid hit piece. The only time people done use the air conditioner is to simply save a little cash, just like the rest of the world. Some folks were susceptible and died. End of story.
That’s crazy, not a Chinese thing. One good thing about living in the Asia-Pacific region is that you never have to worry about smelling body odor. But when I visited Malayia 10 years ago, that’s another story. The Chinese Malay were clean but others? Well, ...
You know many newer cars run the A/C compressor when you turn the defroster on. It does two things. It dries the air and it helps to keep the A/C compressor lubricated in the winter, when you're not using it to cool the car. I have two cars over 100,000 miles. Neither of them suffer from running the A/C at start-up.
When I was stationed in Korea, it was a superstition there that leaving a fan on in a room with windows and doors closed would suck the air out of a room.
So the 100 million cars running around like that in the US will die a premature death? Really??
Unnecessary. But waiting to hit the button for 20-30 seconds as the oil pressure builds is always a good idea, as is not racing the engine during the same interval.
We put a floor fan on for our dog. He parks himself in front of it and just sleeps away the hot part of the day. He knows all about a/c and will elect to sleep in the bedroom on very hot nights when we have the portable a/c running and he will sometimes, but not always, follow us upstairs to the rooms we keep cool for the computers. We move the portable a/c into the room my husband uses when he has clients on hot days. We have a/c in our shop building, but if we don’t have to work there on a hot day, we just don’t. Otherwise, we use ceiling fans, floor fans and just stay in the areas with the best ventilation, overhanging eaves and a ceiling fan. Or we spend the day in the pool, if at all possible.
We always have a/c on in the vehicles because the dog is with us. We will take turns staying in the car so we can leave the a/c on for him. He knows where all the vents are and gets close to them until he cools down, then he retreats a bit. You can watch his tongue retreat back into his mouth and his breathing slow down as he reaches a comfortable temperature.
The cat loves the heat and avoids the a/c.
We only use limited a/c when it goes above 85 with high humidity. I love a/c and only ration it due to the cost.
Yeah, I can generally handle the 90s here in the dry heat as long as I’m feeling good otherwise, but go somewhere with humidity and 85 floors me.
when I was growing up they hadn’t invented air conditioning and no one died!!!
In Sept. and Oct. with temperatures over 100 they didn’t cancel school ot football practice, they just opened the windows and you sweat!
People today are a bunch of spoiled pussies!
Twenty below Canadian is just four below American.
My Korean ex-wife also claimed that a fan with the windows closed would cause cancer.
Don't EVER race with your A/C on! You might as well throw your white hanky out the window! You here at FR are all my brothers, but go ahead.. Try and 'dog house' me on this one.
It’s all a matter of degree. These days most engines run 200,000 miles plus and I’d bet most of the ones in the sunbelt and the southwest have the A/C on all the time six months of the year.
Is there any evidence engines in Florida, Alabama, and Mississippi fail quicker than the ones in Maine and Vermont?
Good question.. Do a lot of engine blocks crack under harsh weather conditions or temperature extremes? I would think cold climate engine starts is brutal on a motor, too. I’m gonna try to get 300,000 out of my current motor (1.8T). I baby it like a kid and run fully synthetic motor oil. LOL
What, by 30 miles out of 300,000? (on an otherwise well-cared for powerplant).
Horsepower is degraded when A/C is on because A/C is a 'drag' on the engine.
Yes, the compressor use 5-6 hp peak on a small 4, which I have.
TRY IT YOURSELF, from a dead stop with A/C on, versus A/C off.
Yes, I can feel the difference in acceleration on this four cylinder vehicle. But very little. A passenger would have a hard time detecting the difference if they couldn't see me hitting the switch.
Don't EVER race with your A/C on!
On most vehicles a solenoid or switch disables the compressor at full throttle, for passing, etc.
Don't take it so personally and have a great weekend!
I ADORE air conditioning. and room service. and valet parking.
100% correct especially if the oil film has run off metal to metal mating surfaces in the interval since the engine was last run.
This is where some synthetics come in really handy, and, even more so, a block heater.
I see you have discovered the synthetics.
Cold starts causing durability problems used to be an issue in the days of 30W oil and carburetors. Slow oil flow and lots of extra gas in the cylinder from chokes.
Now with 5W and 0W oils and computer control, those issues are resolved.
As for running the AC, in Vegas they buy used cop cars with 100,000 miles and run them as cabs to 400,000. You can bet the a/c is on all the time there in the summer.
I have a 400hp engine and 1.3hp compressor. Don’t think I’d notice it much.
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