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Heatstroke hit 95,000 in Japan

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The number of people taken to hospital by ambulance due to heatstroke in Japan between April 30 and Sept. 30 totaled 95,073, the highest since statistics began in 2008, the Fire and Disaster Management Agency said Tuesday.

Of the total, 160 died, the second highest after the 171 in 2010, according to the preliminary report.

The number of heatstroke sufferers increased because of record-breaking hot weather this summer. Between mid-July and August, there were many days with temperatures of 40 C or higher.

By prefecture, Tokyo saw the highest number of sufferers, at 7,845, followed by Osaka, at 7,128, and Aichi, at 6,637.Speech

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