THE prevailing perception is that Japanese workers are always in suits, but that is set to change following campaigns to allow light clothing at the workplace.

Japan’s “Super Cool Biz” campaign allows employees to dress casually at the workplace in a move to avoid excessive use of air conditioners to save energy, China’sXinhuanews agency reported, citing local report.

The campaign is an improved version of the “Cool Biz” project started 10 years ago, which allowed government employees to work without wearing the usual suits.

During the “Super Cool Biz” period, it is fine for workers to wear polo shirts, sneakers and even Hawaiian aloha shirts in the office, said Japan’s Kyodo News.

As the sweltering weather continues, Japan’s Environment Ministry also suggests that people shift their work hours to early morning when the air is cool.

Three people died of heatstroke over the weekend and hundreds became ill as a high-pressure system covered much of the Japanese archipelago and caused high temperatures.

The “Super Cool Biz,” which started in 2011 amid concern of energy shortage after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant crisis, will run till Sept 30 and the “Cool Biz” from May to October.

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