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1. Severe heat continues across Japan

Severe heat continues across much of Japan.

Temperatures on Saturday are expected to reach 38 degrees Celsius in some parts of eastern and western regions. People are advised to remain on the alert to prevent heatstroke.

In Kyoto, Friday's daytime high reached 38.6 degrees. It was the first time since record-keeping began 138 years ago that temperatures in the city hit the 38-degree mark on 7 consecutive days.

Many people have been taken to hospital, while others were found dead in recent days, apparently stricken by heatstroke-related conditions.

Health experts are urging people to use air conditioners, drink water, and take in salt, as well as to refrain from daytime exercising.
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