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Japan is [experiencing / experienced] record heat. Last week, the temperature in eastern Japan reached 40ºC for the [firstly / first] time in June. Isesaki City in Gunma prefecture, north of Tokyo, [recorded / record] a temperature of 40.2 degrees Celsius on Saturday. The hotter than [usual / usually] weather means people are using their air conditioners [many / more] . This is making it difficult for power companies to keep [up / down] with demand. To help these companies, Japan's government has asked people to use [few / less] electricity. Spokesman Yoshihiko Isozaki said: "We ask the public to [reduce / increase] energy consumption [while / during] the early evening hours." He wants people to turn off unnecessary [lights / light] from 3 pm to 6 pm and use air conditioners less.

Japan's heat wave is [wet / set] to continue. The weather agency said that the country's rainy season finished at [their / its] earliest since records began in 1851. This [means / mean] a longer and hotter summer. The government said: We are [struck / stuck] by unusual heat for the season. Please cooperate and save as [many / much] power as possible." The Tokyo Electric Power Company warned there was a [risky / risk] of power shortages and blackouts if people did not [use / using] less energy. There is also a risk of people getting heatstroke. More than 250 people were [taken / went] to hospital in Tokyo over the weekend after [suffering / suffer] from heatstroke. The government is advising people to drink more water and not to exercise outside in the [hot / heat] .

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