Tokyo advises citizens to wear turtlenecks to stay warm this winter as energy supplies run low
· Dec 2, 2022 ·

It's getting cold in Japan, and it is low on natural resources.

So, citizens are being told to bundle up this winter!

The Governor of Tokyo, Yuriko Koike, advised citizens to wear turtlenecks and scarves to keep warm, explaining that they "will make you feel warmer and prevent you from catching a cold, and it will also help save electricity," Bloomberg reports.

Japan is especially poor in natural resources and is highly dependent on energy imports from Russia. But since Russia decided to invade Ukraine and start a war, it's been tough for Japan to get the oil and gas they need to keep their citizens warm.

Although Japan is a member of the G7 and has imposed sanctions on Russia, it cannot completely cut off all oil and gas imports.

Instead of cutting ties with Russia, Japan is asking its citizens to cut off their power.

The Japanese cabinet has made amendments to fuel law to avoid an energy crash. The bill will be introduced in parliament and will enable the industry minister to "ask government-backed agency to procure liquefied natural gas (LNG) when the private sector faces difficulties doing so."

"We will work for the early enactment (of the bills)," said Economy, Trade, and Industry Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura. "The minister will also be enabled to order large companies to restrict gas usage when the supply-demand balance becomes tight," Tokyo-based Kyodo News reported.

When supplies get tight, they'll restrict gas usage and tell you to wear a turtleneck and scarf.

So far, Japanese authorities have asked their citizens to conserve energy twice – once in the summer and again earlier this month. LNG prices go up and are limited.

Advice given to Japanese citizens include turning off the lights, wearing an additional layer of clothing, gathering in a single room to watch television, and stopping using toilet seat warmers to conserve energy.

Energy conservation calls have become the norm for governments all over the world.

How will you stay warm this winter?

Ready to join the conversation? Subscribe today.

Access comments and our fully-featured social platform.

Sign up Now
App screenshot