Workers asked to dress down

Japanese government wants public-sector workers to ditch jackets and ties in the summer in an effort to save electricity
||Last Updated: 08/04/2005

Public-sector workers in Japan have been asked to dress down in an effort to save the environment.

Between June 1 and Sept. 30, workers are being asked to leave their jackets and ties behind and show up at work in slightly more casual clothing, according to Japan’s Ministry of Environment.

Taking off the stifling business attire results in a two degrees Celsius reduction in the heat felt by the body, the ministry said. As a result, air conditioning can be set at 28 degrees Celsius, a move designed to save energy and help the country meet its greenhouse gas emission targets. Offices are typically cooled to about 25 degrees Celsius.