Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe has instructed the country’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party to conduct a study into the introduction of daylight saving time for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
The Games are scheduled for July and August – Tokyo’s hottest and most humid months – and there are concerns over athlete safety during the intense heat.
The Japan Times reports that Olympic officials are “considering a plan to move clocks two hours forward”, but the public and business sectors are divided over the plans. The BBC says the proposal has seen “major opposition on social media with many worried it would result in longer working hours”.
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