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Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2005

READERS IN COUNCIL

Save daylight year round


London

The idea of reintroducing Daylight Saving Time in Japan seems to provoke much hostility, mainly from people protesting the inconvenience of changing the clocks twice a year. So why not opt for a simpler alternative? Just put the clocks forward one hour next spring, and leave them there forever. Countries such as Britain turn the clocks back in winter to lessen the problem of dark mornings. Since Japan lies much closer to the equator than most countries that use DST, the difference between daylight hours in winter and summer is less. Energy savings would surely be doubled if Japan opted for year-round DST.

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