After a brief respite from a passing typhoon this week, Japan’s ferociously hot summer – the hottest on record – has picked up where it left off.

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After a brief respite from a passing typhoon this week, Japan’s ferociously hot summer – the hottest on record – has picked up where it left off. With temperatures in the 30s day after day, tens of thousands of mainly elderly people have been downed by heatstroke, vegetable prices have rocketed, and the relentless demand for air conditioners has pushed electricity use to new highs. Now that the end of the extreme heat is finally in sight, businesses are starting to tot up the losses and profits of an extraordinary spell of weather.

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