Temperatures enter the forties in Kumagaya city, north of Tokyo. Photo: AP

Land of the (red hot) rising sun: can Japan beat its killer heat?

With temperatures soaring into the record books, Japan’s heatwave has taken a deadly turn, prompting authorities to declare a natural disaster and turn to city planners for ideas on how to keep cool

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Temperatures enter the forties in Kumagaya city, north of Tokyo. Photo: AP
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Julian Ryall

Julian Ryall

Julian Ryall never expected to still be in Japan 24 years after he first arrived, but he quickly realised its advantages over his native London. He lives in Yokohama with his wife and children and writes for publications around the world.